Is Ballot Splitting the Ticket This Year?
The tumultuous 2016 election could see an unusually high amount of ballot-splitting when voters step into the voting booth. The latest Reuters-Ipsos poll finds that more than ten percent of voters say they plan to vote for a third-party candidate for President. And many voters may wind up splitting their vote across party lines for the Presidential contest and down-market races such as for Congress.
States have varying rules that in some cases make it easier for voters to cast a straight-line vote for all candidates of a given political party using a single ballot mark. But such straight-ticket voting laws have been the subject of much contention in recent years. Our Legal Solutions blog takes a closer look at the on-going fight over such laws, which some argue could impact the outcome of the election: