November 2015

Michigan Moves To Eliminate Straight-Ticket Voting Amid Partisan Disagreement

Michigan’s state Senate recently enacted a bill to eliminate straight-ticket voting … a proposal already unpopular with Democrats and election officials but one which is generating even more partisan heat because of the inclusion of a $1 million appropriation opponents say is designed to prevent a referendum on the issue.

New Jersey Governor Christie Vetoes “Democracy Act”

Citing the threat of voter fraud, potential costs and “political gamesmanship,” New Jersey Governor Chris Christie yesterday vetoed a sweeping election reform bill. The veto – which wasn’t really surprising given partisan differences and the broad scope of the legislation – sets up a potential effort to take the issue to voters and suggests the fight is far from over.