Bill seeking to remove straight ticket voting passes in Senate
A bill that seeks to eliminate straight party voting from Michigan ballots is making it’s way through the state’s Legislature.
A similar measure was voted on in the 2002 general election where it failed to pass.
Introduced as Senate Bill number 13 by Senator Martin Knollenberg of Troy the bill was first read back in January.
The bill spent most of the year in committee but on Tuesday the bill was read back to the full Senate and voted on.
The bill seeks the removal of the section on ballots the allows voters to in one selection vote for all candidates of a single party on the ballot.
This new measure passed in the Michigan Senate and now seeks approval from the House of Representatives.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Michigan is one of only ten states that allow straight-ticket voting.
The others being Alabama, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah.