The Supreme Court has decided to sit-out the Michigan GOP’s crusade to ban straight party ticket voting:
The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to let Michigan’s new ban on straight-party voting take effect for the November election. The court on Friday rejected a request by Attorney General Bill Schuette to halt lower court rulings that blocked the Republican-sponsored law signed by Gov. Rick Snyder.
The court’s decision means Michigan voters will still be able to use the popular straight-ticket option, which allows them to support all candidates from one party with a single mark.
We must remember the state GOP, along with Governor Rick Snyder (who could’ve vetoed the bill!), passed the bill knowing full-well its main intention: diminishing the numbers of minority voters.
Although, as the MLive article notes, at least half of the state votes straight ticket. It’s just that a majority of the 50% who vote straight part vote Democratic.
The GOP could’ve alleviated their attempts to disenfranchise the vote by providing no-reason absentee voting, but that amendment failed to make it to the final bill. Still, Snyder inked the bill into law.
The GOP wonders why it has problems attracting minority voters. This fight is just another example why minorities are reluctant to listen to anything the GOP says.
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