In a ruling with strong implications for the Nov. 8 presidential election in Michigan, a federal judge on Thursday blocked Michigan’s recent ban on straight-party voting, saying the change would result in longer lines and wait times at polling places and that it would disadvantage black voters the most.
“The court finds (the law) presents a disproportionate burden on African Americans’ right to vote,” partly because, in Michigan’s most populous counties, there is a strong correlation between the size of the black voting population and the use of straight-ticket voting, U.S. District Judge Gershwin Drain, who issued a preliminary injunction against the state law, said in a written opinion.
The plaintiff, Michigan chapter of the A Philip Randolph Institute, states straight-ticket voting is a 125-year tradition in Michigan, and its elimination, just months before a presidential election likely to see high turnout, would create confusion educational efforts couldn’t make up for and create a hardship for voters. 
WEMU reports on July 26 , Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and Secretary of State Ruth Johnson filed an appeal against the ruling.
Municipal clerks hope voters will have straight-party option on November ballot. Implementing the change they describe will be a nightmare due to the questions seasoned voters will have at the polls.
 Federal judge blocks Michigan ban on straight-party voting, Detroit Free Press, July 21, 2016
 Judge hears lawsuit to stop state’s straight-ticket ban, Detroit News, July 14, 2016
 Schuette Says Appeal Of Voting Decision In The Works, WEMU, July 26, 2016
 Clerks: State’s Appeal To Straight-Party Voting Restoration Could Be “Nightmare” for Election Prep, WDET, July 22, 2016