Court Rules to Uphold Straight-Ticket Voting Stays

A federal court struck down this week a 2015 Michigan law removing the straight-ticket voting option from the ballot. This means that Michigan voters will continue to have the option to select a party’s slate of candidates by making a single selection on their ballot.

U.S. District Judge Gershwin Drain ruled that Public Act 268 of 2015 would impose “disparate impact” on African-Americans, who use the straight-ticket option far more than other demographics, leading to “drastically longer lines” at the polls. The judge held that the law violates both the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution and the U.S. Voting Rights Act.

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