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Thu Jul 21, 2016, 06:28 PM


Federal Judge Blocks Michigan Ban on Straight-Party Voting [View all]


DETROIT (AP) -- A judge on Thursday blocked Michigan's new ban on straight-party voting, saying it strikes at the rights of blacks who tend to vote for Democrats with a single mark on the ballot.

U.S. District Judge Gershwin Drain signed an injunction, a week after hearing arguments. He said the law would place a "disproportionate burden" on blacks in the fall election, the first election that would be affected.

Straight-party voting, in which all candidates of a single party are picked with just a single mark, is very popular in Michigan cities with large black populations, especially Flint and Detroit. It's been on the books for more than 100 years and has been a common choice in some counties that are steadfastly loyal to Republicans, such as Ottawa.

But it was repealed in January by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who signed a bill approved by the GOP-controlled Legislature.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/federal-judge-blocks-michigan-ban-straight-party-voting-40773710

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