The Latest: Michigan to quickly appeal straight-party ruling

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Posted: Aug 17, 2016 12:04 PM

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on Michigan's new straight-party voting ban (all times local):

12 p.m.

Michigan says it will file an emergency appeal asking the entire 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to consider the state's new ban against straight-party voting.

A panel of three judges at the Cincinnati-based federal court rejected Wednesday the state's request to immediately halt a lower ruling that blocked the Republican-sponsored law.

Attorney General Bill Schuette says Michigan "is no different" than 40 other states that do not allow straight-ticket voting, which lets voters cast votes for all candidates from one party with a single mark.

U.S. District Judge Gershwin Drain blocked the law last month, saying it would cause long lines and place a "disproportionate burden" on black voters in November's election.

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11:20 a.m.

A federal appeals court has rejected the state of Michigan's request to immediately halt a lower ruling that blocked a ban against straight-party voting.

A panel of three judges with the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati declined Secretary of State Ruth Johnson's motion for a stay on Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge Gershwin Drain blocked the new Republican-backed law last month, saying it would place a "disproportionate burden" on black voters in the fall election.

Straight-ticket voting, which lets voters support an entire slate of one party's candidates with a single mark, is popular in Michigan cities with large black populations. It has been on the books for more than 100 years and has been a common choice in some counties that are steadfastly loyal to Republicans, too.