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W.Va. Lawmakers Approve Bill Nixing Straight Party Ticket Voting

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State lawmakers have approved a push to remove the option for voters to cast straight party-line ballots by checking one box.

On Tuesday, the Republican-led House of Delegates voted 87-13 to prohibit the practice. Only Democrats opposed the bill.

The Senate cleared a similar proposal last month.

Currently, West Virginia voters can select every candidate from a single party simply by picking the straight-party option.

Last election, almost 71,000 voters cast straight-party Republican ballots, compared to about 53,200 Democratic ones.

Only 12 states allow straight-ticket voting now.

The bill is expected to head to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin soon.


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