A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO ELIMINATE STRAIGHT-PARTY TICKET VOTING AND TO PROVIDE FAIRNESS IN PLACEMENT OF PARTIES ON THE BALLOT.
Amends GS 163-165.6(e) to prohibit straight-party voting in North Carolina by requiring that official election ballots not contain any place that allows a voter with one mark to vote for the candidates of a party for more than one office.
Repeals GS 163-182.1(a)(7) which provided guidelines for the counting of straight-party ticket and split-ticket votes in general elections.
Amends GS 163-165.6(d) to modify the order by which candidate names will appear on election ballots. First, nominees of political parties that reflect at least 5% of statewide voter registration will be listed on the ballots beginning with the party that the Governor was elected as the nominee of, then for other parties in alphabetical order by party. Second, nominees of other political parties, in alphabetical order by party. Third, unaffiliated candidates will be listed in alphabetical order, beginning with the letter of the alphabet that the Governor's last name begins with, then returning to the letter A after the letter Z. In the case of a multi-seat race, the names of the candidates of that party shall appear in alphabetical order by party beginning with the letter of the alphabet that the Governor's last name begins with, then returning to the letter A after the letter Z.
Effective with respect to elections conducted on or after January 1, 2014.
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