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Schuette asks the U.S. Supreme Court to act quickly to reinstate ban on straight-ticket voting

Sep 2, 2016

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is asking the United States Supreme Court to reverse two lower courts and allow the state’s ban on straight-ticket voting to take effect.

Lower courts have ruled the ban violates the rights of minority voters in cities who are most likely to use the option. It allows a voter to support a political party’s entire slate of candidates with one mark on the ballot.

Common Cause is one of the groups challenging the ban. Director of Voting and Elections Allegra Chapman says it’s time for Schuette to give up.

“You know, the courts are starting to see these tactics for what they really are, and it’s vote suppression,” says Chapman.

Schuette’s brief with the court says the law does not discriminate because it applies to all voters.

The deadline for finalizing ballots is one week from today.