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Friday, October 31, 2008

Not-So-Straight Ticket

Old Democrat voting rule may hurt Obama in N.C.

(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.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The law stuck during the 1970s, 1980s, and into the 1990s because North Carolinians voted for Republican Presidents. Democrats were afraid that a straight-party ticket that included the Presidential race would hurt local Democrats if it became easier to pick a Republican President that way.

Friday, October 31, 2008 8:45:00 PM  

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