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How does straight party voting work?

Whether to vote “Straight Party” is the first choice a voter must make on a General Election ballot.  Voting straight party is optional.  Each political party that has nominated a candidate appearing on the voter’s ballot is represented in the straight party selection area.  If a party is selected under straight party, every candidate of that party is automatically selected. As you move through the ballot, you will see that the party candidates will be highlighted in yellow with a green checkmark to the left of the candidate.  Be sure not to touch the candidate’s name again; this will actually deselect the candidate. Voters should carefully review their choices on the review screen and the printed ballot before casting their votes.

Voters have the option of overriding the straight party vote for any one office by not voting for a candidate or voting for a candidate other than the party’s nominee (also known as “crossover voting”).  While the “crossover” vote will override the straight party selection for that particular office, the straight party selection will continue to apply to all other offices for which no selection was made.

Voters should be aware that a straight party selection does not apply to nonpartisan offices and questions.  These contests must be voted individually.