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House panel backs ending straight-ticket voting

February 12, 2015

A legislative committee has endorsed a proposal that would eliminate straight party-line voting on Indiana election ballots.

The House Elections Committee voted 8-4 on Wednesday in favor of a bill that would allow only votes for candidates for each specific office on the ballot. They still would be identified by their party affiliations.

Republican supporters say no longer allowing straight party-line voting with one click or mark of an election ballot would make voters more responsible for their choices.

Committee Democrats said they believe the change could lead to longer lines at polling sites. Rep. Chuck Moseley of Portage says he believes the loss of the straight-ticket option would discourage voting.

The bill now goes to the full House for consideration.
 

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