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What you should know about straight party voting

September 09, 2020 - 00:00
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In 2017, Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 25, which ends the ability to allow voters the option of voting a straight party ballot.

Straight-ticket or “straightparty” voting allowed voters to select all a party’s candidates on the ballot with one mark. Straight-party voting elimination in Texas met intense opposition, and although the change was signed into law almost three years ago, a last-minute amendment to the legislation delayed its implementation until this year’s November 2020 General election.

Most other states in the nation have also ended straightparty voting. Texas didn’t track statewide numbers on straight-party voting, so compiling data for rural counties is difficult. One study, by the Texas Tribune, reflected approximately 63 percent of small-town and rural area voters voted straight-party.

For the upcoming November elections, Colorado County election officials encourage voters to budget a few extra minutes at the polls, since voters will now review all the candidate options.

Wait times are expected to slightly increase since voters will be voting by candidates and not necessarily by parties.

Curbside voting for those physically unable to enter a polling location will be available at all locations. Look for the curbside sign with the bell.

Sample ballots should be available mid to late September.

You can review and print a sample ballot from http:// www.co.colorado.tx.us/page/ colorado.Elections or you can visit the county elections office or any early voting location to pick up a copy later in the month.