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Ballot design may cut votes cast for president

October 29, 2008

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— North Carolina voters are more likely than those in other states to cast ballots in national elections without making a choice for president.

Unlike many states, a straight-party vote in North Carolina does not cast a vote for president. A ballot expert says the split makes it more likely that voters, especially new voters, will leave their polling places failing, by mistake, to vote for president.

The split between presidential and straight-party votes has brought the state national attention this year because the margin between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain is expected to be close, and North Carolina's electoral votes would be a prize for either candidate.

An unusually high percentage of people in the state who voted in the past two national elections failed to mark a presidential selection.

An analysis of election returns found that 3.15 percent of voters in North Carolina didn't vote for president in 2000, and 2.57 percent didn't cast a presidential vote in 2004.

Comments

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 10 months ago

Someday your willful ignorance will come back to bite you in the a$$, coach.

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Confrontation 5 years, 10 months ago

I completely agree with you on this one, bozo. McSame can't win on his own merits, so the Repubs are doing whatever they can to keep Dems from voting.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 10 months ago

You'd better vote early if you want your vote to count. Republicans have been busy preventing as many people as possible from casting votes and/or having those votes counted. Demand a paper ballot, and vote early, because the crowds will be big on election day, and Republicans will be there challenging any possible Democratic voter they can, adding even further to what looks to be a very chaotic election day. Take your video camera to document the shenanigans of the Republicans-- they are poised to lose this election, and they are desperate.

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texburgh 5 years, 10 months ago

Helping America Vote All Republican Act - the real name of the bill crafted by Republicans to suppress the vote. They just hate the idea that people should vote.

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