Wednesday, August 29, 2018

New Mexico Secretary of State Puts Straight-Ticket Device Back on Ballot

Ballot Access News

On August 29, New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, a Democrat, said she will put a straight-ticket device back on New Mexico general election ballots. Her office put out a press release announcing the change. She did not hold any public hearing on the idea.
States have repealed straight ticket devices in the past fifty years are Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas (effective 2019), and Wisconsin. Michigan repealed its device in 2016, but a U.S. District Court recently struck down the Michigan repeal.
Besides Michigan and New Mexico, the only states that still have straight-ticket devices are Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Utah.

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