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(Straight-Ticket) One-party vote no longer an option in Missouri: Democratics cry "FOWL!"
Columbia Missourian ^ | November 2, 2006 | Rachel Higginbotham

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. There’s 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, they’ll 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, doesn’t 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 don’t 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. “There’s 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 hadn’t 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 don’t 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.

“I’m sure people will complain,” she said. “But we don’t anticipate it making much of a difference on our end.”


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yes! I know...I spelt FOWL wrong....on PURPOSE.
1 posted on 11/02/2006 9:19:55 AM PST by rface
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To: rface
"...This is a blatantly partisan law..."

So the Democrats are saying that their own voters are so stupid they can't fill out an entire ballot? Someone call John Kerry!!

2 posted on 11/02/2006 9:22:41 AM PST by TommyDale (Iran President Ahmadinejad is shorter than Tom Daschle!)
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To: rface

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.


3 posted on 11/02/2006 9:23:56 AM PST by steve-b (It's hard to be religious when certain people don't get struck by lightning.)
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To: rface
We know that the majority of straight-party voters are Democrats.

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.

4 posted on 11/02/2006 9:24:16 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: rface

“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?


5 posted on 11/02/2006 9:25:18 AM PST by Sax
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To: rface; 1stMarylandRegiment; 47carollann; A Citizen Reporter; A Cyrenian; adrian; AFLoggie; ...
Missouri ping

Low volume (normally) ping list

FReepmail me to be on, or off, this list.

6 posted on 11/02/2006 9:25:18 AM PST by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: rface
Pat Buchanan's vote tally just went up.
7 posted on 11/02/2006 9:25:30 AM PST by frogjerk (REUTERS: We give smoke and mirrors a bad name)
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To: rface
You spelled FOWL wrong, on porpoise?
8 posted on 11/02/2006 9:25:38 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: rface

That wuz reel kute, two.........


9 posted on 11/02/2006 9:26:06 AM PST by Red Badger (ECCLESIASTES 10 The heart of the wise inclines to the RIGHT, but the heart of the fool to the LEFT.)
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To: TommyDale
Coleman said that the law was created to keep Democrats illegals, dead folks and MO inmates from voting.
10 posted on 11/02/2006 9:26:17 AM PST by cardinal4 (Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi..)
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To: rface
It was Democrat judges who lobbied to get rid of the straight-line voting option because no Democrat judges were getting elected.

They wanted to force voters to look at each race.

11 posted on 11/02/2006 9:28:14 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to kill anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: TommyDale
ha ha..I too dum too vot n ths elektn bekas jon cerri said i am. jon cerri to smert fer me bekas he was in vietnam and he won fer purpl herts.

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!!!!

damn Democrats

12 posted on 11/02/2006 9:30:03 AM PST by GulfWar1Vet (John Kerry...resign from the Senate. You are a disgrace. Resign.)
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To: rface

Democrat voters are really stupid!


13 posted on 11/02/2006 9:31:46 AM PST by airborne (If Democrats win in November, America will suffer.)
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To: rface
Maybe I enjoyed taking tests in school to much and am half crazy, but I enjoy marking each good candidate individually.

After taking the time to drive over there and stand in line, marking just one box seems anticlamatic.
14 posted on 11/02/2006 9:33:01 AM PST by FreedomProtector
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To: rface

I've always had to vote for individual candididates and have had no trouble voting a straight Republican ticket. I just use both hands!


15 posted on 11/02/2006 9:33:22 AM PST by CaptRon (Pedecaris alive or Raisuli dead)
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To: rface

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).


16 posted on 11/02/2006 9:33:56 AM PST by Hendrix
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To: rface
re: FOWL

Why do I imagine the cast of 'Arrested Development' now doing their individual signature 'chicken dances?'

"Chaw-chee-chaw-chee-chaw-chee-chaw."

Caw-ka-kaw, Caw-ka-kaw, Caw-ka-kaw, Caw-ka-kaw"

"Has anyone in this family ever actually seen a chicken?"
17 posted on 11/02/2006 9:35:34 AM PST by HitmanLV ("If at first you don't succeed, keep on sucking until you do succeed." - Jerry 'Curly' Howard)
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To: Hendrix

I think you are right.....it's easier to use mail-in absantee ballots for vote-fraud straight-tickets.....


18 posted on 11/02/2006 9:35:48 AM PST by rface ("...the most schizoid freeper I've ever seen" - New Bloomfield, Missouri)
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To: TommyDale

Geez, they couldn't punch a hole either.


19 posted on 11/02/2006 9:35:53 AM PST by Snoopers-868th
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To: FreedomProtector
Maybe I enjoyed taking tests in school to much and am half crazy, but I enjoy marking each good candidate individually.

I, too, derive great satisfaction from voting for each Republican individually. I smile to myself and think, "Take that! And that! And that!"

20 posted on 11/02/2006 9:36:37 AM PST by Dianna
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To: rface

What's funny is that I used to be a per-race, considerate conservative voter, but last election I decided to stick it to the dems, no matter what their beliefs and voted straight pubbie. LOL.


21 posted on 11/02/2006 9:37:32 AM PST by gura
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To: rface
New York Times reports:

dead people effected the most..........

22 posted on 11/02/2006 9:42:22 AM PST by Lockbox
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To: rface

“I think this will produce a more informed electorate,” [Sen. Luann Ridgeway, R-Smithville] said.

"More-informed" to the extent people can recognize the difference between "R" and "D". Even though Sen. Ridgeway sports and "R" by her name, she's a freaking idiot.

Two sure ways to get a more informed electorate are to (1) reinstate property requirements for voting and (2) make ALL workers pay some income tax. Over half of the workers in the country pay zero income taxes and, as free loaders with no vested stake in the system, always vote "D" to keep their gravy rolling in. These voters have zero interest in becoming a more-informed electorate because they are voting their narrow financial self-interest.


23 posted on 11/02/2006 9:45:26 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: antiRepublicrat
Personally, I think this should be illegal everywhere.

Never knew there was such a thing!

This needs to be outlawed everywhere - just one more ruse the dems have had for stacking the decks.

If we whittle down the fraud schemes one by one - (Voter ID being paramount) I believe everyone will be quite surprised at just how many fewer real democrats are out there. (After all, they have been aborting themselves for decades)

I look at the inability of the liberals to keep up enough viewers to maintain a show, either on TV or radio - even Colmes of H & C - can't keep a radio or TV program going on his own, the only reason he has a venue at all is as a foil to Hannity (which is great, because he is so obnoxious that it shows a clear contrast between the conservative and liberal thought processes.) -

Anyway - if the libs don't have enough TRUE numbers out there to maintain their media outlets - then where are all the lib votes coming from?

Cut out the fraud - and that will be the end of them - IF we get our buts out there and keep them out of power NOW - giving us two more years to continue winnowing out the voting fraud setups.

24 posted on 11/02/2006 9:49:11 AM PST by maine-iac7 ("...but you can't fool all of the people all of the time." Lincoln)
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To: Sax

Also makes for quicker ballot stuffing ala Florida.


25 posted on 11/02/2006 9:51:42 AM PST by doodad
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To: rface

We should make people write in the name for each candidate and mispellings are not counted.

(Sarcasm.. kind of)


26 posted on 11/02/2006 9:54:05 AM PST by listenhillary (Islam = Religion of peace. If you say otherwise, we'll kill you!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Really? I hadn't heard that.


27 posted on 11/02/2006 9:55:01 AM PST by listenhillary (Islam = Religion of peace. If you say otherwise, we'll kill you!)
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To: rface; All

“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 hadn’t been conducted on the topic in 20 years, but “this has been conventional wisdom since then.”

Wow....


28 posted on 11/02/2006 9:55:07 AM PST by rwfromkansas (http://xanga.com/rwfromkansas)
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To: rface

I read where deomcrats are banning this practice in states where they no longer have the majority, to help their candidates, by forcing everyone to vote for each individual race. When the democrats were in power, they passed this option of allowing a one party vote, but now that they are not in power, they are moving to quickly ban it as an option.


29 posted on 11/02/2006 9:59:16 AM PST by rawhide
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To: listenhillary
Really? I hadn't heard that.

I remember reading about it in the Columbia Tribune when it was going on.

30 posted on 11/02/2006 10:23:23 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to kill anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
You spelled FOWL wrong, on porpoise?

I think it was just for the hallibut...

31 posted on 11/02/2006 10:25:21 AM PST by talleyman (Kerry & the Surrender-Donkey Treasoncrats - trashing the troops for 40 years.)
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To: rwfromkansas

Could it be that the REAL problem with the new Ballots is that many of Democrat Base can't READ? If they have to go through all of the names, they will be guessing who to vote for. It was much easier when the Democrats could coach their "Base" Voters to go in and put the "X" on the Ballot and be done with it. I'm guessing they're right about their Voters staying home, why would they want to spend an entire afternoon in a Polling Booth trying to figure out what all those letters mean!


32 posted on 11/02/2006 10:29:22 AM PST by grannylinedancer
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To: rface

Ya must haf bin in Jon carries armeeee!


33 posted on 11/02/2006 10:29:30 AM PST by mdmathis6 (Save the Republic! Mess with the polling firms' heads!)
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To: rface

"We're here to talk about education, but I want to say something before. You know, education __ if you make the most of it and you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well.

And if you don't you'll be too damn stupid to punch chads, read a ballot, or figure out how to vote straight Democrat one condidate at a time."

34 posted on 11/02/2006 11:03:18 AM PST by Ditto
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To: FreedomProtector
I inserted a random letter error into the carefully designed information sequence. The fitness algorithm of the spelling checker is not intelligent enough to fix a fit word which yields an unfit sentence. I will insert a carefully designed 'i', so the sentence does not become extinct.

anticlimactic
35 posted on 11/02/2006 11:35:47 AM PST by FreedomProtector
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To: rface

Wow!! Forbidding straight party ticket, use of new and sophisticated electronic voting machines, confusion over whether people have to bring photo ID to the polls, combined with six years of Dems complaining that their vottes arent counted, it looks like our voter suppression program is working. Inner city folk are going to stay home. Voting is getting too difficult. I mean do we have stand in line to vote and then have to vote each office. Hey I aint got all day. My welfare check is due today. (Sarcasm Intended) :-)


36 posted on 11/02/2006 12:01:37 PM PST by Dave S
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To: rface
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.

Translation: "My constitutents are too damn stupid to do anything other than mark the 'D' box."

37 posted on 11/02/2006 12:04:06 PM PST by Luke Skyfreeper
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To: Luke Skyfreeper
My constitutents are too damn stupid to do anything other than mark the 'D' box."

They be too dumb to remember more than one letter. They remember McCaskill plus x, y, and z.

38 posted on 11/02/2006 12:06:09 PM PST by Dave S
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To: rface

"straight-ticket "

Oh.....I thought that was a third party...


39 posted on 11/02/2006 12:06:41 PM PST by G Larry (Only strict constructionists on the Supreme Court!)
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To: rface

This law hurts the frauds who want to vote more than once (takes more time), and it hurts the frauds who ram a rod through a stack of paper ballots to punch them all out at once.


40 posted on 11/02/2006 12:09:01 PM PST by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: rface

LoL. Put some ice on it RATS.


41 posted on 11/02/2006 12:09:14 PM PST by justshutupandtakeit (If you believe ANYTHING in the Treason Media you are a fool.)
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To: GulfWar1Vet
Good one, I love it!

Hi GW1V.

42 posted on 11/02/2006 2:28:04 PM PST by Prov3456
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To: Prov3456
hi Prov.

How u b? (snicker)

43 posted on 11/02/2006 2:30:25 PM PST by GulfWar1Vet (John Kerry...resign from the Senate. You are a disgrace. Resign.)
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