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Straight Ticket Act 3 "Too Similar"

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Uploaded on Aug 8, 2010

Straight Ticket was a short play written by Jeff Toste following his 2006 Green Party campaign for RI State Senate.

Straight-ticket or straight-party voting allows voters to make one pull, punch, or mark in order to vote for all candidates of a single political party.

Straight-ticket voting originated to simplify the voting process and improve voter turnout. Unfortunately, the result of straight-ticket voting is an unfair advantage for major political parties.

For those states that have it, third-party candidates must work to overcome difficult ballot access laws to gain straight-party status. However, even if acquired, straight-ticket status does not help third parties that lack name recognition.

In addition, independent candidates cannot qualify for straight-ticket status. Many voters who lack understanding of the voting process often do not realize they have options other than straight-ticket voting. As of 2008, only 16 states still use straight-ticket voting in some form. It is time to eliminate straight-ticket voting as one step towards improving our democracy.

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