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ELECTION RESULTS!

Business Agents:

  1. Jason Gruenwald 383
  2. Eric McPherson 251
  3. Chip Herndon 244
  4. Bryan McConnell 198

Union Trustees:

  1. Tony Stocker 287
  2. Scott Lewis 279
  3. Richard Saharchuk 253
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Schuette files court motion to stop straight-ticket voting in November

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette filed two emergency motions on Wednesday requesting injunctions against a recent federal court ruling that would allow straight-ticket voting in the November election.

The court denied Schuette’s motion to stay the federal court’s decision on Aug. 15, and issued a judgement Aug. 17 denying Schuette’s motion for stay pending appeal.

Court documents: Aug. 15 denial and Aug. 17 denial 

Schuette filed the motions in an attempt to keep in place a law signed by Gov. Rick Snyder last December to stop straight-ticket voting, which has been allowed in Michigan since the 19th century.

The Michigan Attorney General’s office is planning an emergency appeal, Spokeswoman Andrea Bitely said following the Wednesday, Aug. 17, ruling.

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“Michigan is no different than the 40 other states that have eliminated straight ticket voting. We will continue to defend the laws of the State of Michigan and plan to file an emergency appeal to the 6th Circuit for an en banc review by the full court,” Bitely said.

At the time of the bill signing, Snyder said he would push for no-reason absentee voting because of concerns that the new law could increase the time it takes to vote. That bill remains in committee.

“It’s time to choose people over politics,” Snyder said at the time.

Opinion: GOP needs to stop war on straight-ticket voting

I understand the desire to make people think harder about their choices, but the last thing voters need this election is more confusion and hardships.

In May, the A. Philip Randolph Institute, a black labor organization labor, filed a lawsuit, arguing the law disproportionately impacts African-Americans, who are more likely to vote a straight-party ticket.

Last month, U.S. District Court Judge Gershwin Drain agreed with the plaintiffs and granted a request for a preliminary injunction to block enforcement of the law.

 

Gov. Rick Snyder signs bill eliminating straight-ticket voting in Michigan

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed a bill eliminating straight-ticket voting in Michigan.

Snyder said it would help modernize Michigan’s election process — we are one of only 10 states that still has straight-ticket voting. The governor also said it would help squeeze partisanship out of the equation and encourage voters to focus on the candidates.

“It’s time to choose people over politics,” Snyder said when he signed the bill.

But critics say eliminating straight-ticket voting is motivated by nothing more than politics. Democrats, especially African-Americans, are much more likely to use the option, according to a lawsuit filed last May by a black labor organization, the A. Philip Randolph Institute.

“This is a way to help more Republicans get elected as opposed to Democrats,” said Barb Byrum, Ingham County clerk and former Democratic state representative. “This is party politics. There’s no place for this in elections.”

As a Democrat and clerk who has to run an election this fall, Byrum is opposed to it both philosophically and practically.

“This is increasing voter confusion,” she said. “It’s going to increase lines. It’s going to increase wait times. This is … a horrible, horrible initiative.”

Longer lines and wait times are just a few claims the federal lawsuit spells out. The point U.S. District Court Judge Gershwin Drain cited in his decision to grant an injunction – meaning straight-ticket voting would be allowed in November — is that eliminating the option is discriminatory to African-American voters.

Attorney General Bill Schuette was quick to file motions to keep straight-ticket voting off the ballot. On Monday, Drain declined to lift his injunction and allow the new law to take effect. The case now sits in the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals with a decision likely to come down this week.

Ruth Johnson’s Secretary of State Office didn’t want to comment on the case Tuesday because the outcome is still pending. Instead, the office sent me a 112-page copy of the motion that would effectively eliminate straight-ticket voting from this election and allow the courts to decide the matter afterward.

The motion attacks all the claims made in the lawsuit, including the one that says it discriminates against African Americans.

“Contrary to the district court’s erroneous legal ruling, the fact that one race disproportionately votes in a particular way obviously does not mean that a law affecting that preference violates (the Voting Rights Act),” the motion says. “At the threshold, (the Equal Protection Clause of the VRA) does not prohibit an ordinary, race-neutral voting statute merely because it results in a statistical disparity.”

There’s a lot of other legal speak for why the law should be implemented while the lawsuit is pending. But common sense tells us otherwise. Was there really good reason to abandoned a 100-plus year old voting practice in the first place?

All partisanship aside, I’m not feeling it.

 

Schuette files court motion to stop straight-ticket voting in November

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette filed two emergency motions on Wednesday requesting injunctions against a recent federal court ruling that would allow straight-ticket voting in the November election.

The GOP needs to stop this senseless crusade. It’s an obvious political ploy to benefit its battered party at the polls. All a straight-ticket does is offer a simpler choice for people weighed down by choices in the ballot booth. Looked at through a non-partisan lens, the benefits far outweigh any detriments.

I understand the desire to make people think harder about their choices, but the last thing voters need this election is more confusion and hardships.

We already have our fair share of hardship just listening to the candidates.

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MIRS BREAKING NEWS: Straight-Ticket Voting Ban Halted By Judge — 1:59 p.m.

 

If a recently granted injunction remains intact, straight-ticket voting in Michigan is sticking around, according to Mary GUREWITZ, an attorney for the plaintiffs in the case.

Gurewitz said Judge Gershwin DRAIN has granted the plaintiffs’ preliminary injunction in the case, staying the legislation that eliminated straight-ticket voting.

A number of organizations had sued the state over the enactment of the legislation.

It doesn’t mean straight-ticket voting has returned permanently, though. The suit will still go to trial, and the stay is only imposed pending that outcome.

Gurewitz said unless the state manages to file an emergency appeal in federal appeals court and have the injunction overturned, general election ballots across the state should have the straight-ticket option.

Still, Gurewitz is confident the injunction will withstand any challenges. “The sixth circuit case law is very favorable,” Gurewitz said. “We are very pleased.”


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