A bill passed through a House committee that would eliminate the option to vote straight ticket for your party, and would require an individual to cast a vote for each candidate. The bill called, “Voting Matters” barely passed with a 5-4 vote Monday morning. State Sen. Randy Head said he voted yes because some clerks have testified the straight ticket option can lead to voter error. City or county races often have multiple people on the ballot representing the same party. So Head said when clerks try to count the votes cast, they don’t know which candidates the voter meant to choose.
Head said voters can still choose all one party, they just have to individually select each candidate.
But State Sen. Ron Alting completely disagrees with the bill. He said it’s a complete violation of voter rights and he’s working hard to convince other lawmakers to help kill it on the floor.