A stop to straight ticket voting in Alabama

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — As the state legislative session continues, one bill that has been proposed is to end straight party or straight ticket voting in Alabama.

This is a constitutional amendment that, if passed, would add Alabama to the majority of the country that does not have this type of voting during elections.

“In a place like Alabama, it feels like it’s a partisan issue,” Stephanie Butler of League of Women Voters said. “But things like straight-ticket voting or gerrymandering, they’re really just about responsible citizenship. If you travel to states where it’s a big Democrat majority, it’s the Republicans who are advocating for these kinds of reforms so at the end of the day, it’s really about responsible and informed citizenship.”

The bill also includes a clause to make voted-on items more easily understandable on the ballot.

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