Michigan appeals presidential primary ruling

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The state of Michigan has appealed a judge's decision that part of a law establishing a January 15 presidential primary in Michigan is unconstitutional.

The state attorney general's office wants a decision from the Michigan Court of Appeals by Friday. Supporters of a primary say time is of the essence.

The appeal seeks to put on hold a court order blocking the primary from being held while state attorneys argue that the law is constitutional.

Supporters of an early primary say it would give Michigan a bigger role in selecting presidential candidates.

Ingham County Circuit Court Judge William Collette last week ruled part of the law is unconstitutional.

Individuals who brought the suit are opposed to a provision of the law that gives the state Democratic and Republican parties exclusive access to lists of who voted in their respective primaries.

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