Associated Press: Judge: Michigan Can’t Eliminate Straight-Party Voting
Associated Press: Judge: Michigan Can't Eliminate Straight-Party Voting
DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Michigan can’t eliminate straight-party voting, saying that preventing voters from checking a single box to vote for all of a party’s candidates would lead to long lines at the polls and discriminate against blacks, who tend to use the straight-party option at a higher rate. …
Karen Hobert Flynn, the president of Common Cause, which joined in the lawsuit along with some black voters, called it a “big win for Michigan voters.”
“The evidence in this case and Judge Drain’s decision makes clear that the Michigan legislature intentionally discriminated against African Americans for partisan political purposes,” she said in a news release.