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Vaupel’s bill removing vignettes from ballot gains House approval

Vaupel’s bill removing vignettes from ballot gains House approval

State Rep. Hank Vaupel, of Handy Township, today praised his colleagues in the Michigan House of Representatives for approving legislation he sponsored to remove political party icons from the ballot.
Vaupel said vignettes are small icons representing political parties first added to the ballot in the 1890s, but ballots have changed drastically since then.
“Vignettes no longer serve as an aid to voters,” Vaupel said. “In fact, the outdated practice has had the opposite effect for some people who think circling the icon is all they have to do to cast a straight-ticket vote. If they circle the vignette without marking the bubble next to their intended party, their vote does not count, and I want to ensure that every vote counts.”
Livingston County Clerk Elizabeth Hundley worked with Vaupel on the legislation and recently joined him to testify before the Elections and Ethics Committee.
House Bill 4177 moves to the Senate for consideration.

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