A Federal Judge in Detroit has issued four preliminary injunctions against Michigan Election Officials, prohibiting them from enforcing a new law that bans Straight-Ticket Voting.
U.S. District Court Judge Gershwin A. Drain issued a 37-page opinion that said the new law puts a disproportionate burden on African Americans’ right to vote.
Drain said the new law will reduce African-Americans’ opportunity to participate in the State’s political process and puts a disproportionate burden on African-Americans’ right to vote.
The Judge wrote:
Considering that the burden on the state would be to merely reinstate the ballots used in the 2014 election cycle—and the record does not show that there were any problems with the old ballot—this factor also favors Plaintiffs.
H. The Public Interest
Here, an injunction would protect the public against burdens on the right to vote. There would be no harm to the greater public in having the state continue to use the 2014 ballot form. Accordingly, this factor is satisfied.
In total, all four preliminary injunction factors favor the Plaintiffs. Accordingly, for the reasons discussed herein, the Court will GRANT the Plaintiffs’ Motion for preliminary injunction.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and Secretary of State Ruth Johnson filed an appeal. So now there is a Michigan case joining a couple of Ohio Election cases at the Sixth Circuit, Case No. 16-cv-11844.
CLICK HERE to read the 37 page (PDF) decision.
I was always against the concept of using Straight-Ticket Voting.
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