Bill to end straight party votes in Iowa advances

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Posted: Friday, February 8, 2013 12:00 am

DES MOINES (AP) — A proposal to eliminate straight party ticket voting in Iowa was approved by a State House committee Thursday.

The measure, sponsored by Rep. Peter Cownie, R-West Des Moines, would mean that when Iowa residents go to vote, they could no longer check one box and select all the candidates from a single party. Instead, they would have to individually vote for each candidate on the ballot.

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