The U.S. District Court and Court of Appeals recently issued opinions that
kept the straight party voting option available to Michigan voters in
the November election.
Straight party voting has been Michigan law since 1891 and allows voters
to select all candidates of their desired party with one mark. Millions
of voters use it. Michigan voters upheld their right to straight party
voting in 1964 and 2002. The Michigan Legislature voted to eliminate it
last winter. The ban on straight party voting would have required voters
to take more time in the voting booths, creating long lines at the polls.
Clerks of both parties oppose eliminating this right. District Court Judge
Gershwin Drain determined that eliminating straight party voting was a
violation of the U.S. Constitution's Fourteenth Amendment and placed
a burden on minority voters in violation of the Voting Rights Act. The
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has refused to overrule
Judge Drain’s decision. Goodman Acker's own Mark Brewer is one
of the attorneys on this case, working to restore voter's rights.
Click Here to read the Sixth Circuit Court Order.
Click Here to learn more about Mark Brewer.