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    Split-ticket Voting

    This is something a phenomenon this election cycle that is unprecedented in nearly 60 years in US history. People in droves will be voting for candidates from multiple parties this year instead of a straight ticket. Reckon the pollsters are baffled by this but IMO, it is actually good for Democracy that people don't vote straight down the ballot for a particular party.

    Voter-Ticket Splitting Could Determine Next Senate

    I maybe voting for 3 parties on my ballot so it should be interesting.

    Reckon people still have the option to vote for the Cocktail Party. This commercial cracks me up...


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    Re: Split-ticket Voting

    What is split-ticket voting? I assume it means e.g. voting for Obama, but then voting a Republican for Senate.

    Hang on, don't Americans have a vote for Governor too? And House of Representatives?

    AND local state senate and lower house?

    AND mayor?

    AND police chief?


    Now I'm confused.

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    Re: Split-ticket Voting

    It is unwise to vote for different parties for President and Congress, since it promotes gridlock. Mixed voting for other offices is less important.

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    Re: Split-ticket Voting

    Pretty much what I've been doing for years. I thought this thread meant voting for president and vice president seperately.

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    Re: Split-ticket Voting

    Quote Originally Posted by ChickenGuy View Post
    What is split-ticket voting? I assume it means e.g. voting for Obama, but then voting a Republican for Senate.

    Hang on, don't Americans have a vote for Governor too? And House of Representatives?

    AND local state senate and lower house?

    AND mayor?

    AND police chief?


    Now I'm confused.

    Not usually all at once since different offices have different term lengths. Sometimes we get to vote for all at once, but that's fairly rare.

    As for Police Chiefs, that depends on the state, and local municipal voting rules. Here in the City of Milwaukee, we don't get to vote for Police Chief, who's appointed (hired) by the Mayor and Common Council. We do get to vote for the County Sheriff, though.

    I used to vote for different parties depending on the candidates. However, at the Federal level, given the current state of gridlock, I'm voting a straight party ticket this time around.
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    Re: Split-ticket Voting

    I wish the first guy with the most votes was President and the guy with the second most amount of votes as Vice. Now that would be interesting.
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    Re: Split-ticket Voting

    Quote Originally Posted by JayHawk View Post
    I wish the first guy with the most votes was President and the guy with the second most amount of votes as Vice. Now that would be interesting.
    LOL - I've never heard that - it's pretty funny

    i imagine that would increase the chances that the President would be .......... whacked

    The Koch bros. put a hit on Barack so Mitt slides in

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    Re: Split-ticket Voting

    Quote Originally Posted by JayHawk View Post
    I wish the first guy with the most votes was President and the guy with the second most amount of votes as Vice. Now that would be interesting.
    The 12th Amendment changed that. Adams and Jefferson despised each other.

    I also wish that electoral college states would go back to proportional voting instead of winner-take-all. Would make the race far more interesting instead of having the presidential race focused on 5-10 states each time.

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    Re: Split-ticket Voting

    That I agree with... at least your vote counts in every state.
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    Re: Split-ticket Voting

    Quote Originally Posted by maxpowr9 View Post
    The 12th Amendment changed that.
    Correct.

    Article II, Section 1, Clause 3 of the Constitution provided for the original fashion by which the President and Vice President were to be chosen by the electors. In the original system, the candidate who received both the most votes and more than half of all votes cast would become President, the candidate receiving the second most votes would become Vice President. [Wiki]

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    Re: Split-ticket Voting

    Damn and I thought that sounded familiar... lol
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    Re: Split-ticket Voting

    If you do vote a straight ticket, don't forget to look at the end of the ballot because sometimes we (not sure if everyone does) vote on such things as should so and so be retained as a judge, or something like that.

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    Re: Split-ticket Voting

    Quote Originally Posted by JayHawk View Post
    I wish the first guy with the most votes was President and the guy with the second most amount of votes as Vice. Now that would be interesting.
    In case you've forgotten, that was tried. It worked out badly.

    "Thirty-one* states allow all qualified citizens to carry concealed weapons. In those states, homosexuals should embark on organized efforts to become comfortable with guns, learn to use them safely and carry them. They should set up Pink Pistols task forces, sponsor shooting courses and help homosexuals get licensed to carry. And they should do it in a way that gets as much publicity as possible. "

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    Re: Split-ticket Voting

    Quote Originally Posted by maxpowr9 View Post
    The 12th Amendment changed that. Adams and Jefferson despised each other.
    Interesting. In later years they patched things up & corresponded quitefrequently. They died on tthe same day, July 4, 1826.

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    Re: Split-ticket Voting

    Quote Originally Posted by Kulindahr View Post
    In case you've forgotten, that was tried. It worked out badly.
    Come on man. That is like saying "I told you so" after someone already whispered the correct answer in my ear and the teacher wrote it on the board. I got it, I got it. lol
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    Re: Split-ticket Voting

    Haven't most states done away with voting a straight ticket?

    I'll be working as an election judge this year. Have no idea where but look forward to a fun, interesting day.

    I did it in 2008 in Kansas City -- but this year I'll be working in the county which has a more efficient system for voting.

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