LANSING (AP) – A bill that would prevent Michigan voters from voting a straight-party ticket with a single mark on their ballot is up for consideration in the Legislature.

The House Elections Committee will hold a hearing on the legislation on Thursday, weeks after it won approval from the Republican-controlled Senate.

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Republican Chairwoman Lisa Posthumus Lyons supports the bill and is signaling an interest in linking it to her legislation to allow people to cast an absentee ballot without needing a reason. She wants to complete election-related bills this month before the 2016 election year.

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Supporters of Michigan’s straight-party voting option say it is popular and removing it would lengthen voting lines. Critics say straight-ticket voting is a relic that encourages voters to pick officeholders solely on party affiliation, not their qualifications.

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