LANSING, MI (AP)--   A state board has rejected petitions to recall Michigan Governor Rick Snyder over his handling of Flint's lead-contaminated water. 

The Board of State Canvassers rejected the petitions Thursday, 4-0. The board says the reasons for a recall must be clear and factual, under Michigan law. If they're not, no one can gather signatures to force a recall election.

Flint resident Quincy Murphy wants to recall Snyder for "failing to protect the health and safety" of the citizens of Flint. Snyder attorney John Pirich says that's opinion, not fact.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Republican Secretary of State Ruth Johnson says it's "imperative" that voters be able to cast an absentee ballot for any reason now that the straight-party voting option has been eliminated from ballots. 

Johnson told The Associated Press on Wednesday that enacting no-reason absentee voting legislation would alleviate local clerks' fears of longer lines caused by people needing more time to vote. Governor Rick Snyder endorsed the bill Tuesday while approving the removal of the straight-ticket option.


LANSING, MI (AP)--   A fourth Democratic presidential candidate will appear on Michigan's March 8 primary ballot.

The Board of State Canvassers last week approved petitions filed by California businessman Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente. He is the only Republican or Democratic candidate to qualify by filing voter signatures.

Other candidates qualified because they were on the Secretary of State's list of people generally advocated by the national news media to be potential candidates.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan voters who with a single mark can vote Democratic or Republican for every partisan office on the ballot may no longer have the option in 2016. 

Republicans who control the Legislature want to make Michigan the latest state to eliminate straight-ticket, or straight-party, voting. It's still allowed in 10 states but has been abolished by nine others in the last 20 years.

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