Federal judge blocks Michigan ban on straight party voting ... because it's racist

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Published by: Robert Laurie on Thursday July 21st, 2016

We can't expect blacks to know the names of the people they're voting for.

Recently, Michigan lawmakers passed a measure that would have eliminated the option to vote a straight ticket.  The law would have brought the mitten in line with 39 other states that already eliminated straight-party voting. Basically, under the new system, you’d have to vote for someone, instead of just checking the "R" or "D."

Well, we have news for you people who live in those 39 other, ugly, vile, states. You're a bunch of racists!  Fortunately for Michigan, a judge understands how hateful you are, and has blocked the state's effort to join your foul ranks.

As the AP reports:

A judge on Thursday blocked Michigan's new ban on straight-party voting, saying it's a direct strike on the rights of blacks in big cities who tend to vote for Democrats with a single mark on the ballot.

U.S. District Judge Gershwin Drain signed an injunction, a week after hearing arguments. He says the law would place a "disproportionate burden" on blacks in the fall election, the first election that would be affected.

"African-Americans are much more likely to vote Democrat than other ethnic groups, and many feel this is largely due to racially charged political stances taken by Republicans on the local, state and national level since the post-World War II era," the judge said.

If you're thinking that this is a painfully transparent effort to ensure that blacks don't leave the Democrat-voter reservation, you get a kewpie doll, a cigar, and a stuffed animal for the little lady. You get bonus points if you also realize that the judge’s decision represents the actual racism.  Specifically, it's the "soft bigotry of low expectations."

Someone should ask this judge precisely why he feels this places a disproportionate burden on blacks.  Every single person in the state - black, white, or other - would be subject to the same regulations.  The AP even makes the point that Michigan has counties and cities that tend to use straight ticket voting in support of Republicans.  It sounds like he's actually trying to argue that blacks - disproportionately - lack the ability to make informed decisions.

Basically, he's claiming that blacks are just too stupid to actually read the ballot and cast a vote for the candidate of their choice. They simply can't be expected to look past the "R" and the "D."  Remembering a candidate's name is really hard, and expecting them to do so could disenfranchise a whole swath of people the DNC likes to take for granted!

If you believe they're smart enough to know who they're voting for, you're obviously part of the problem.

Oh, by the way.  You can forget about all those other states serving as precedent for why this is obviously not racism. 

The state attorney general's office, which is defending the law in court, said there's nothing illegal because no one would be denied access to voting. Michigan joined 40 other states with bans.

"The behaviors of other states are irrelevant to the question of constitutionality," Drain said.

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