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straight ticket

All the candidates of a single political party, as in Are you going to vote a straight ticket again? [Mid-1800s] Also see split ticket.
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In Tuesday's election, Susan Hawk was the only Republican with a Democrat opponent to overcome straight ticket voting to win C she received 199,371 votes.
The dominance of parties is exaggerated in states where straight ticket voting is an option, and judicial independence suffers.
25) Though not explicitly condoned in the advertisement, the implication was to vote a straight ticket.
28) As Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson of the Texas Supreme Court acknowledged, in Texas' electoral climate, as long as the straight ticket option persists, Democratic judicial candidates do not have realistic access to statewide positions and Republicans are at a disadvantage in urban, lower court races (though 2010's anti-Democratic mood apparently assuaged the latter).
Straight ticket voting substitutes party identification for considered evaluation and thus fails to serve accountability interests.
STRAIGHT TICKET VOTING: AN ARTIFICIAL CURE TO ROLL-OFF SYNDROME
Straight ticket voting provides a palliative for roll off, as indicated in much of the political science literature on the topic.
The availability of straight ticket voting increases the total number of ballots cast for all races in a given election.
A less charitable explanation is that straight ticket voting consolidates party control in the most durable branch of government.
By comparison, Harris County's Republicans voted straight ticket 50,000 more times than its Democrats.
Indeed, the biggest pocket of Democratic straight ticket voting came from predominantly African-American precincts in South Dallas and the southern Dallas County suburbs - cities such as Desoto, Lancaster and Duncanville, with growing populations of middle-class blacks.
There also was no strong personality on the Republican ballot statewide to serve as a reason for voters to avoid a straight ticket and return at least in some instances to the Republican column.
Straight tickets were eliminated in 2007, and since then certain Republicans have been nostalgic for the days when people could just check off the GOP box at the top of the ballot and get it over with.
This may be somewhat ironic, given the fact that the Democratic majority largely is the result of straight tickets being cast for Democratic candidates, but it long has been a belief of Democrats in the Legislature that straight-ticket voting is a bad practice.
However, whether voters intended to eliminate straight tickets when they voted in November is unknown.