Four representatives have filed a bill to eliminate straight-party ticket voting. The legislation, House Bill 185, filed Thursday, would also establish an interesting way of listing candidates on the ballot. Currently, candidates are simply listed alphabetically within each party.
HB185 would put at the top of the ballot the party of the current governor, followed by the other parties in alphabetical order.
But when there are multiple seats up for election -- now pay attention -- "the names of the candidates of that party shall appear in alphabetical order by party beginning with the letter of the alphabet that the governor's last name begins with, then returning to the letter A after the letter Z."
Sponsors are Republican freshmen Rep. Susan Martin of Wilson, Rep. Debra Conrad of Winston-Salem and Rep. Bob Steinburg of Edenton, and second-term Rep. Bert Jones of Reidsville, also a Republican.
A bill in the Senate by second-term Sen. Buck Newton, a Republican who represents Johnston, Nash and Wilson counties, and Sen. Thom Goolsby, a Republican from Wilmington, simply proposes to do away with straight-party voting.