Divided 6th Circuit En Banc Refuses to Take Up Michigan Straight-Ticket Voting Case

Earlier, I reported that a  Sixth Circuit panel refused to stay a trial court order stopping Michigan from getting rid of straight-ticket (party lever) voting, on grounds that doing so would be a Voting Rights Act violation.

Today, the Sixth Circuit, on a divided vote, refused to take the issue up now, which has the effect of leaving the stay in place and making it very hard (as Judge Boggs explains in his dissent) to get the issue before the Supreme Court.

The upshot: there will almost certainly be a straight ticket voting option in Michigan in November.

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