(By Doug Heye, National Review Online) - With North Carolina coming down to the wire, an obscure voting statute is coming into play. In the Tar Heel state, a straight-ticket vote does not include the presidential or statewide judicial candidates. Voters much make those votes separately to have their vote counted.
For the judges, their offices are officially non-partisan so that can be disregarded. But on the presidential level, where the campaigns are decidedly partisan, the law could have a definite impact on the outcome.
For many voters, the process is confusing. After all, why would a straight ticket vote not include all candidates from a particular party?
As Mike Baker of the Associated Press Raleigh bureau points out, the law was created by the Democrats.