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Genesee, Saginaw County clerks speak out on straight party voting ban

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A press conference was held Thursday morning at the Vienna Township Hall to discuss straight party voting.{ }(Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

VIENNA TOWNSHIP, Mich. - A press conference was held Thursday morning at the Vienna Township Hall to discuss straight party voting.

Last week, the Sixth Circuit Court of appeals issued an order stating the option to vote straight party will not appear on the November ballot.

Saginaw County Clerk Michael Hanley says almost half of Saginaw County voters voted straight party when they had the option.

Genesee County Clerk John Gleason then described the sudden change as "irresponsible and inconsiderate."

"Now one of the most convenient ways to expedite the voting line is straight party voting. we should never be concerned as policy makers how people vote. our emphasis should be on if people vote and how we can make it more convenient," said Gleason.

Despite the change to the ballot, a much higher turnout than in the past is expected for a gubernatorial year in November.