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Bill would ban straight-party voting, X follows Z except after M

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."

Got that?

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.


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..excuse me..if I seem

..excuse me..if I seem skeptical of your GOP's "benevolence" on this issue....the past four years have shown....quite conclusively....that Republicans will stoop in fifteen feet of pig manure....if they think that it will help them disenfranchise Democrat voters....

This is a great bill in the spirit of fairness.

This is a great bill in the spirit of fairness. Many studies indicate a small advantage of being listed first on the ballot. Until 1975, the Governor's party always was listed first on the ballot in NC, as is done in many other states. After Holshouser was the first Republican governor elected in the 20th century, the Democrats changed the law so that the Democrats would always be listed first. This law simply changes it back in the spirit of fairness. As for the other part, it makes perfect sense and we already do something similar in primaries in response to a lawsuit a few years ago. Candidates don't have to be listed A to Z... why list people first (or last) all the time just because of their place in the alphabet? Some states draw by lottery the first letter to be used in a given election cycle. This bill would eliminate the need for a drawing, and just use the first letter in the Governor's last name first... so the letter changes every time there is a new Governor. Nothing wrong with that... but leave it to the N&O to misinterpret (or worse) anything a Republican tries to do.

DO THESE PEOPLE REPRESENT YOU?

"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."

So the Repubs feel they need to stoop to this level to get votes? This is the most juvenile thing they have done this week.
Why not just list the Republican candidates on the front of the ballot in large print and the Dems on the bottom of the last page in #2 font?
Or hold the Repub election on the usual date/time and the Dem election two weeks later from 12:00 am to 12:10 am?
And don't get too excited you so-called lawmakers, these suggestions are made in jest.

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