Skip to comments.(Straight-Ticket) One-party vote no longer an option in Missouri: Democratics cry "FOWL!"
Posted on 11/02/2006 9:19:53 AM PST by rface
1 million straight-party ballots were cast in Missouri for the 2004 election. Democratic ballots outnumbered Republican ballots almost 100,000 or by 10%.
We know that the majority of straight-party voters are Democrats. Theres much belief in the Democratic party that this was designed to assist Republicans in their re-election bids. This is a blatantly partisan law, Democratic Floor Leader Maida Coleman, D-St. Louis said. To me, the removal of the ballot is just another really bad component of a horrible bill.
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri This election season, Missouri voters will no longer be able to choose a straight-ticket option. Instead, theyll have to vote for candidates and ballot measures individually.
Elimination of straight-ticket voting was included in the controversial voter ID law passed by the legislature earlier this year. While the state Supreme Court threw out the photo ID requirement, it left alone the ban on straight-ticket voting.
Of all the complaints against voter ID, no one complained about this part, said Sen. Luann Ridgeway, R-Smithville, who had sponsored a similar straight-ticket voting ban. Ridgeway said that she got the idea for the bill after talking to voters.
(Straight party voting) was a silly way to cast a vote, Ridgeway said. To go blindly in and punch one punch and vote for 35 people, everyone from state auditor to president, doesnt make sense.
I think this will produce a more informed electorate, she said.
Ridgeway said that the bill faced little opposition from the legislature last spring.
I dont even recall being asked to stand up and defend it, she said.
But Democratic Floor Leader Maida Coleman, D-St. Louis, said that the absence of a straight party ballot this year has opposition from much of her party.
This is a blatantly partisan law, Coleman said. To me, the removal of the ballot is just another really bad component of a horrible bill.
Coleman said that the law was created to keep Democrats from voting.
We know that the majority of straight-party voters are Democrats, she said. Theres much belief in the Democratic party that this was designed to assist Republicans in their re-election bids.
According to Stacie Temple, a spokeswoman for the secretary of state, 1 million straight-party ballots were cast in the 2004 election. Democratic ballots outnumbered Republican ballots by only 96,457.
MU political science professor John Petrocik said he agrees that the lack of a straight-ticket option this year will be an advantage for Republicans.
Democrats are less likely to be motivated to go through and vote for every Democratic party candidate on the ballot, he said. He added that research hadnt been conducted on the topic in 20 years, but this has been conventional wisdom since then.
My guess is that this will work to the disadvantage of Democrats this year, although we dont know how much, he said.
Coleman said that she hopes the impact of no straight-ticket voting is slight.
My goal is to help educate people that they just need to spend a little extra time in the booth to vote for every person they want to elect, she said.
Although voters may be spending more time in the booth, Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren said she does not expect longer lines at the polls this year.
Im sure people will complain, she said. But we dont anticipate it making much of a difference on our end.
So the Democrats are saying that their own voters are so stupid they can't fill out an entire ballot? Someone call John Kerry!!
IMO, party identification should not be listed on ballots at all -- if you care about that, learn the freakin' names of your party's candidates.
Restated, more Democrats are sheep who blindly follow their party, while more Republicans and others vote for individual candidates.
Personally, I think this should be illegal everywhere. The Constitution didn't establish two parties, so our voting under the Constitution shouldn't be allowed to be just for those two parties. Either put a straight-ticket for all registered parties, or for none.
Democrats are less likely to be motivated to go through and vote for every Democratic party candidate on the ballot"
If a regular ballot is too tedious for you, then we really don't want you voting anyway. I wonder if this one-check-box is for illiterate voters?
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That wuz reel kute, two.........
They wanted to force voters to look at each race.
gosh, i luv jon cerri bekas he is a demokrat and demokrats r so smert and hi uppity fer me.
mayb i becum a demokrat and i wil be smert!!!!
Democrat voters are really stupid!
I've always had to vote for individual candididates and have had no trouble voting a straight Republican ticket. I just use both hands!
My bet is the straight party vote helps the democrats in voter fraud. It is much easier to mark a ballot once for straight democrat when stuffing ballot boxes with ballots than to have to mark each and every name. The same is true when paying the homeless to vote (if they have to look for each name, they may screw it up).
I think you are right.....it's easier to use mail-in absantee ballots for vote-fraud straight-tickets.....
Geez, they couldn't punch a hole either.
I, too, derive great satisfaction from voting for each Republican individually. I smile to myself and think, "Take that! And that! And that!"