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A group of Senate lawmakers aim to end straight ticket voting in Indiana, after failing to advance the issue last year. While the arguments around the bill haven’t changed, the measure’s advocates say they hope time will make a difference.

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Legislation to eliminate Indiana’s straight ticket voting system – or even to study its elimination – failed to clear the General Assembly this session. But some lawmakers – including legislative leaders – say a study committee on the issue is still possible.

Straight ticket voting allows people to vote for every candidate from one party with one check of a box on their ballot. A bill eliminating the practice cleared the House.

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Now that a controversial bill that would have eliminated straight-ticket voting in Indiana is dead for this session, its authors are trying to find a vehicle for one of the bill’s other provisions.

After two Republican state representatives announced after last year’s filing deadline that, if elected, they would not serve, statehouse leaders began to work on a fix.

Senate Slows Bill To End Straight Ticket Voting

Feb 17, 2015
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A bill to do away with straight-ticket voting has stalled in the Senate.

The Senate Elections Committee voted Monday to send the issue to a study committee for review following this year’s legislative session.

The bill is the brainchild of Carmel Republican Senator Mike Delph, who’s introduced it several sessions in a row.

He says no longer allowing straight party-line voting would encourage more engaged citizenship by making voters more responsible for their choices.