Michigan Federal Judge Blocks Law Prohibiting Straight Ticket Voting


Posted on July 21, 2016, 4:38 pm

U.S. District Judge Gershwin Drain issued an opinion blocking enforcement of a Michigan law prohibiting straight-ticket voting. This voting method allows voters to easily select the entire slate of candidates on the ballot from a particular party. Michigan abolished straight-ticket voting by enacting a law effective in January. In granting the plaintffs' motion for a preliminary injunction, Judge Drain determined that the law "presents a disproportionate burden on African-Americans' right to vote." The case is Michigan State A. Philip Randolph Institute v. Johnson.

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