LANSING — The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has been asked to say whether Michigan’s ban on straight-party voting is constitutional, after a federal judge in Detroit made a preliminary ruling that the ban likely violates the rights of all voters, and especially black voters.

State officials and local clerks need an answer soon, because absentee ballots for the Nov. 8 election must be available to voters by Sept. 24 and state officials want to finalize the ballot by Sept. 9 to allow time for printing. Attorney General Bill Schuette has asked for a ruling by Aug. 30 from the entire panel of all 16 6th Circuit judges, after a three-judge panel of the appeals court denied his earlier appeal. (freep.com – Paul Egan) Read the whole story by clicking here!

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