NH ballots won’t feature straight-ticket voting

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New Hampshire voters will see slightly different ballots this Election Day.

For decades, the ballots had boxes at the top that allowed voters to vote entirely for one party with one check. Now the straight-ticket option is gone.

Analysts said the conventional wisdom on the part of Democrats used to be that straight-ticket voting benefited Republican candidates, but that all changed when Democrats swept the major state races in 2006.

Secretary of State Bill Gardner said that those who want to vote for just one party will find this year’s ballot easy to navigate and understand.

The secretary of state’s office estimated that in 2006, roughly one-third of New Hampshire voters cast straight ballots.

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