Straight-ticket voting no longer an option in Michigan elections

A recent decision in Michigan to eliminate straight-ticket voting leaves the Midwest with only two states that offer this option on ballots. At one time, states commonly allowed individuals to vote for all partisan candidates through a single selection — their choice of party. But according to Ballotpedia, this began to change in the 1960s and 1970s. Before the passage of SB 13 in Michigan, Wisconsin had been the last state in this region to end straight-ticket voting, in 2011.

Indiana and Iowa continue to provide this option to voters. In 2014, 37 percent of Iowans voted a straight-party ticket in the general election, according to The Des Moines Register. In that state, as well as Indiana, bills have been introduced to eliminate the option. Proponents of this change say election choices should be based on the people running rather than their party affiliation. They also say straight-party voting can lead to voters not casting ballots in nonpartisan local races.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, though, has called for the straight-party voting option in his state, The Wichita Eagle reported last year. His reason: More votes would then be cast in down-ballot races.
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