Utah United Party calls for end to straight-ticket voting

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – A new bill proposed by Democratic Representative Patrice Arent is being endorsed by an unlikely group, the competing Utah United Party.

“Utah is one of only eight states that still allows straight-party ticket voting,” said Richard Davis, the chair of United Utah Party chair, in a press release. “And next year, that number will be down to seven when Texas, one of the most Republican states in the country, gets rid of this outdated practice. It’s time for Utah to follow suit.”

Chairman Davis says it will continue to disapprove of straight-ticket voting regardless of the outcome of the bill and will continue to campaign against the practice. 

Rep. Arent introduced House Bill 259 earlier this month. It would remove provisions from the election code that allow a person to cast a vote for all candidates from one political party without voting for them individually. 

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