Thursday, November 30, 2006
Stamping the Rooster
Democrats State Senator Kenneth Corn and State Senator Debbe Leftwich have both prefiled bills that would eliminate "straight party" voting. I haven't seen their proposals yet, have just read and heard about them so I will be eager to see how the measures would improve voter participation.
According to the Oklahoma State Election Board there were 197,185 Democrats who "stamped the rooster" --- voted straight party in the November General Election compared to 142,500 Republicans who voted straight party. To review the data county by county visit the Oklahoma State Election Board's website Results by County here.
A quick Google search of the topic reveals that the practice is popular in some states but is the subject of much discussion and it looks like it will get some debate this session in our state legislature. What do you think? Should Oklahoma keep straight party voting or abandon it?