Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Ideas for Change: Straight-Ticket Voting

We don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves, but barring some cataclysmic event where most Kansas Republicans die, in 2011, the state will have a GOP governor and majorities in both the state House and Senate.

So what happens after that? Change! And we have a suggestion!

Since Dems always kill efforts to actually require some form of identification to vote, how about this? The Republican-led Legislature should consider and pass a straight-ticket voting ballot law. This type of system "allows voters to choose a party’s entire slate of candidates. Voters make one punch or mark on the ballot in order to vote for every candidate of that party for each office on the ballot."

16 states already have this option of voting and it has proven to be a success, including states such as Texas, Iowa, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and more.

J.R. Claeys and Kris Kobach are both running in the primary to become the next Secretary of State. Their opinion and efforts could really help to get a straight-ticket voting ballot passed. Contact Claeys and Kobach and ask them where they stand on this type of measure.

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