On September 6, the Federal Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled voters could not use straight party ticket voting in the November 6 election.  Voters are encouraged to vote absentee if they meet any of the criteria (60 years of age or older; out of town on election day; physically unable to vote; religious reasons; working at another polling place; and awaiting arraignment or trial) and to vote at non-peak voting times in their precincts.