“Sixth Circuit Removes Straight-Ticket Device from 2018 Michigan Ballots”


On September 5, the Sixth Circuit issued an order that permits Michigan to remove the straight-ticket device from 2018 ballots. Michigan State A. Philip Randolph Institute v Johnson, 18-1910. The state legislature had repealed the authorization for the device in early 2016, but then supporters of the device had filed a lawsuit later that year, arguing that removing the device discriminated against African-American voters. The U.S. District Court had restored the device for the 2016 election, and earlier this year, made that permanent and told Michigan to use the device again in 2018.

Seems a little close to the election to make this change, but with a 4-4 Supreme Court, this is likely to stand.


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