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NH Bill Could Reinstitute Straight Ticket Voting

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A group of Republican representatives want to bring back straight ticket voting.

Straight ticket voting was repealed by Democrats in 2007. Supporters said the practice was confusing with some voters selecting a box on the ballot that indicates they are voting for all candidates of one party, then voting for individual candidates from the other party. The contradiction left voting officials scratching their heads.

The House Election Law Committee will hold a hearing Tuesday on a bill to allow straight ticket voting in general elections. Voters could vote for one party’s candidates by marking by the party name. If voters marked by the party’s name and then voted for individual candidates, the straight ticket vote would be cancelled for that office only.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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