Michigan Governor Signs Bill Removing Party Logos from November Ballots

On July 26, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed HB 4177, which removes party logos from general election ballots. A logo is a cartoon-like drawing representing a political party. For example, the Republican logo in Michigan is a drawing of the heads of Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan.

The motive for this bill is to make it easier for the state to win the pending lawsuit over whether the straight-ticket device should remain on general election ballots. The legislature had repealed the straight-ticket device early in 2016. But then some groups had filed a lawsuit to keep the straight-ticket device, and the U.S. District Court Judge issued an injunction, requiring the state to retain the straight-ticket device until the lawsuit is settled. That lawsuit is now undergoing discovery.

One of the arguments made by proponents of the straight-ticket device was that if the device were removed, some confused voters would draw a circle around one of the party logos, and these voters would think drawing such a circle would be casting a straight-ticket vote for all that party’s nominees. But, now that logos are gone, that argument disappears. Thanks to John Anthony LaPietra for the news.


Michigan Governor Signs Bill Removing Party Logos from November Ballots — 4 Comments

  1. Logos are for the many illiterate voters — due to the rotted publik skooools.

  2. Democratic: pictures of Franklin Roosevelt and John Kennedy. Libertarian: upper portion of Statue of Liberty. US Taxpayers: eagle. Green Party: the globe (the world) inside a portion of a growing plant. Natural Law: the words “Natural Law Party.” Working Class: the words “Working Class Party.”

  3. The vignettes can still be seen here — as of this writing, at least:


    BTW, the “earthflower” in the Green vignette was based on a sunflower, an early symbol of the Green Party still used in some places. The NLP vignette’s words are superimposed on a picture of Earth in space, and the WCP’s name appears above an image of two different-color fists bumping.

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