The latest in a line of emergency motions filed in an attempt to block straight-ticket voting, Michigan Attorney Bill Schuette is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene. Schuette made an emergency filing Friday, Sept. 2, asking the U.S. Supreme Court to stay a preliminary injunction a federal court issued against Michigan’s law that blocks the practice of straight-ticket voting. The filing asks the Supreme Court to stay the preliminary injunction pending a “merits decision” by the Court of Appeals.
“Michigan has joined 40 other states by requiring voters to actually vote for each candidate they intend to support—in other words, by eliminating straight-ticket voting. This change is not a burden on voting—it is the very act of voting,” the motion reads.
It was filed as an emergency appeal with a request for a decision by Thursday, Sept. 8, to allow time for election officials to move forward with printing ballots for the November elections.