The dominance of parties is exaggerated in states where straight ticket
voting is an option, and judicial independence suffers.
In Harris County, Democratic straight tickets
accounted for 35.
9 percent of voters cast straight tickets
, was the lowest.
And the straight ticket
makes it harder for anyone whose victory in the fall depends on informed ticket-splitters making their way carefully through their ballots.
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.
In Texas, the straight ticket
has lately been a boon to Republican candidates, but some of their pollsters are convinced that November voters are different from the primary voters and consider it foolish to rely on the party flag alone to carry their candidates to election wins.
Voting is increasingly, top to bottom, straight ticket
Used to be close to a straight ticket
Republican until the Tea Partiers entered the picture.
In 2010, about 31,000 Democrats voted straight ticket
, compared with about 15,500 Republicans.
Darker precincts represent higher proportions of ballots cast straight ticket
In comparing Election Day voters and early voters both are equally as likely to cast straight ticket
ballots, Haag's report found.
He agrees with others about White's potential effect on Republicans who might otherwise vote a straight ticket
, but ask him if there's a way to measure it, and he admits, "There is - afterwards.
That's why the latest GOP effort to return to the days of straight tickets
--HB 143--is so transparent.
The five-team group, which includes the UAE, is engaged in a heated competition for two straight tickets
to South Africa, hosts of the World Cup Finals in the summer of next year.
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.