Knollenberg issues statement on straight-ticket ruling

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Sen. Marty Knollenberg

Sen. Marty Knollenberg

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy, issued the following statement Friday morning regarding Judge Gershwin Drain’s preliminary injunction against Michigan’s law banning straight-ticket voting:

“The historical trend of American election reform has been to empower people, and to reduce the influence of political parties and party bosses.

“Judge Gershwin Drain’s ridiculous ruling is a step backward. His opinion puts politics over people and suggests citizens are unable to navigate a ballot without the assistance of a single-click, political party option. This should be insulting to all voters. Judge Drain is not giving citizens their due credit.

“Michigan needs to join the other 41 states and continue the process of reforming elections to reduce the power of political parties.

“I’m pleased that the secretary of state and the attorney general are appealing Judge Drain’s ruling, and I expect it to be overturned.”

Knollenberg was the sponsor of Senate Bill 13, which eliminated straight-ticket voting. Knollenberg’s bill was signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder on Jan. 5, 2016.