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Straus Backs End to Straight Ticket Voting

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus is backing an end to straight-ticket voting.

“I agree with Chief Justice Hecht that we should end straight ticket voting in judicial elections, but we shouldn't stop there." Straus said in a statement. "Texas should join 40 other states and end straight-ticket voting in all elections. This change would encourage voters to learn more about individual candidates, their platforms and their qualifications. Too often, good men and women are swept out of down-ballot offices due to the political winds at the moment. It has happened in San Antonio and across Texas. I look forward to working with my colleagues to address this issue.”

The move comes following Justice Nathan Hecht's backing of eliminating straight-ticket voting from judicial elections.

Photo by Texas Tribune

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