by Becki Gray
Former Senior Vice President, John Locke Foundation
One of the provisions in the Voter ID/Election Law bill, expected to pass in the General Assembly today eliminates straight party voting in North Carolina.
Straight-party voting allows voters to choose a political party’s entire slate of candidates with just a single ballot marking – instead of considering and marking each candidate individually or skipping one altogether.
North Carolina is only one of 15 states that currently offer straight party voting on their ballots. the other states are Alabama, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and West Virginia.
Eliminating straight party voting brings North Carolina in line with the rest of the country.
And there’s lots more in this omnibus bill – Barry Smith has details here.