Rick Snyder to decide fate of straight-party voting option on Tuesday

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By: Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder will decide soon whether to eliminate the straight-party voting option from Michigan ballots.

Tuesday is the deadline for the Republican governor to sign or veto the legislation.

Michigan is among 10 states to let voters support an entire ticket of one party’s candidates with a single mark.

Democrats have accused Republican lawmakers of seeking partisan gain by trying to do away with a convenient, popular option.

The bill includes $5 million for additional voting booths and tabulators after clerks raised concerns that removing the option will lead to longer lines. The allocation also makes the measure immune from a voter referendum. Voters twice before have preserved the straight-ticket option in referendums.