Democrats touted victories in local Charlotte elections as a precursor to 2012.
And this headline from WSOC-TV in Charlotte helps explain how it happened: "Democrats win big with 23K straight-ticket votes."
It's a storyline that Republican lawmakers want to make sure never happens again. In the legislature's efforts to rewrite elections -- largely at Democrats expense -- an effort to require voters to present an ID is getting the most attention. But legislation that would end straight-party voting also could prove effective in limiting Democratic support.
If voters can't pull just one figurative lever, they may not vote for all the party's candidates -- and that may help Republicans in Charlotte, at least. Only 11,000 Republicans used straight-party voting in an election that delivered a 9-2 Democratic majority to the city council.