Michigan AG asks high court to halt straight-party vote ruling

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s attorney general is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene so a new ban on straight-party voting can take effect for the November election.

The emergency request filed Friday says a federal district judge and the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals wrongly blocked the law when “all Michigan has done is adopt an approach that 40 other states already follow.”

>>PDF: Michigan’s emergency request

The ban would prevent voters from supporting all candidates from one party with a single mark.

Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette says a response from the justices is needed by next Thursday so election officials can start printing ballots.

The lower courts ruled that the GOP-sponsored law — which is opposed by Democrats — would disproportionately burden black voters by creating longer lines.

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