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RI Lawmakers Mull End to Straight-Ticket Voting

RI Lawmakers Mull End to Straight-Ticket Voting

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ The end of straight-party ballots could be coming to Rhode Island.
 
Lawmakers on Tuesday are continuing a review of legislation that would eliminate the option known as the `master lever' which allows voters to easily cast their ballots for candidates of one party.
 
Opponents of straight-ticket voting say it's confusing and outdated and causes voters to skip down-ballot, non-partisan races.
 
The criticism has traditionally come from Republicans and third-party activists, but some high-profile Democrats including Secretary of State Ralph Mollis agree.
 
Legislation that would ban the master ballot is pending in both the House and Senate. No votes have been scheduled on the measures.

 

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