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.
In issuing a July 21st preliminary injunction, U. S. District Court Judge Gershwin Drain in Detroit ruled the law would create longer lines and disproportionately burden black voters who are more likely to use the straight-ticket option. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request for a stay pending appeal.
Schuette’s appeal claimed voters would not be harmed and the law was based on the fact forty other states prohibit straight-party voting.