Straight Ticket Ax Hasn’t Fallen Yet
Wednesday night, the Republican-led Michigan House of Representatives passed a bill to eliminate straight-party ticket voting in Michigan. Tied to the proposal is a measure allowing for no-reason absentee voting if a person requests an absentee ballot in person.
It's not a done deal yet. The Michigan Senate will have to approve it. In fact, and earlier straight-ticket-ban measure was approved by the Senate, but it did not have the absentee question tied to it. Some reports indicate Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof (R-West Olive) is not in favor of the absentee caveat, setting up potential for some sort of compromise.
Some Democrats have spoken out against it, saying eliminating a single party option on ballots in Michigan will mean longer lines at polling places.
Calhoun County Clerk Anne Norlander talks about it Thursday morning on The Richard Piet Show on WBCK.