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News from Progress Michigan
July 21, 2016
Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@
Injunction Protects Michiganders’ Right to Straight Ticket Voting
Elimination of straight ticket voting would have led to longer lines
MICHIGAN — A federal judge has blocked a Republican-backed law that eliminates straight ticket voting in Michigan, which would’ve led to longer lines at the polls.
“The Republican-controlled legislature has not done enough to modernize our voting system or increase accessibility to the polls for voting-eligible citizens. Their effort to eliminate straight ticket voting would have led to longer lines at the polls and confusion among voters,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “Today’s court ruling is a victory for voters across the state and the advocates who are fighting for a more accurate, modern, and secure elections.”
In December, Progress Michigan conducted an informal experiment to demonstrate how eliminating straight ticket voting would lead to longer lines at the polls.