Gov. Snyder signs bill eliminating straight-party ticket voting

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – Voters in Michigan will no longer be able to select a straight-party ticket on their ballots.

Gov. Rick Snyder today signed legislation that changes election law in the state to eliminate the option for voters to cast their choice for a party affiliation rather than individual candidates.

Michigan had been one of only 10 states that allowed residents to vote straight-ticket ballots.

While signing the legislation Gov. Snyder said “it’s time to choose people over politics”.

The bill also contains funding for $5 Million for the purchase of new voting equipment to handle Election Day logistical issues.

Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber criticized the change, claiming the law will make it harder for people to vote in Michigan by creating longer lines at the polls.

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