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IMPORTANT!! — North Carolina Straight Ticket Confusion
I WAS GOING TO POST THIS IN THE NC GROUP BUT IT IS IMPORTANT ENOUGH (IMO) TO POST WHERE MORE EYES CAN SEE IT. AliveStillKickin
Voting Straight Ticket in North Carolina does NOT include the Presidential contest.
NC voters threw away 92,000 votes for President in 2004 because of confusing law. Other states report problems in ballot miscounts due to straight ticket programming errors.
”The offices of President and Vice President of the United States are not included in a Straight Party vote. This contest must be voted separately.”
NC is the only state in the US where straight ticket voting does not count for President. Our state has one of the highest undervote rates for President in the Country because of this.
Miscounts – Voters Unite reports that misprogramming caused straight-party votes to be dropped or counted for the opposite candidate, for example, in Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin
Lack of voter education. The 3 million + voter guides mailed to households all over North Carolina do not mention North Carolina’s straight ticket exception. That straight ticket voting does not count for the President is non-sensical and counter-intuitive, the instructions on the ballot are confusing. Recent feedback from early voting poll workers and observers indicates that many voters do not understand how the straight ticket voting option, or that it IS optional.
NC Straight Ticket Voting Facts:
President – straight ticket voting does not count for President You must vote separately for President.
Non Partisan – straight ticket doesn’t count for non partisan contests (like Judicial).
Multi Seat Contests – If you vote straight ticket but you also cross over vote, your party choices are erased in that multi seat race. You will have to go back and mark your party choices in that multi seat race.
Straight Ticket is optional. You do not have to select the ”straight party”. Just make your choices separately.
If using the ”straight ticket” option on your ballot – vote in three steps with a flip:
1. Vote for President,
2. Vote Straight ticket option
3. Flip the ballot over and vote for Judicial Contests and local non partisan contests.
If voters can remember to Vote 1-2-3, they can ensure that their vote fully counts.