HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Legislation advancing in Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled Legislature would eliminate the ballot option for voters to simply select a straight-party ticket in elections, although House Democrats are objecting to it.
Bills to eliminate it emerged from committee in both chambers this week. The Senate bill is sponsored by Democratic Sen. Lisa Boscola and was approved unanimously Monday in the State Government Committee.READ MORE: Eagle Escapes From Pittsburgh's National Aviary, Whereabouts Currently Unknown
But most Democrats voted against it Wednesday in the House State Government Committee as part of a wider package of changes to election laws.READ MORE: Steelers LB T.J. Watt Downgraded Due To Injury, Will Not Play Sunday Against Cincinnati Bengals
Committee Chairman Garth Everett says the chamber’s Republican leaders wanted that provision in the bill. Democratic campaign strategists say eliminating it could hurt their party’s down-ballot candidates.
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s office says he’s reviewing it. The National Conference of State Legislatures says eight other states allow it.MORE NEWS: Port Authority Approves 5-Year Agreement To Let Pitt, Chatham Students, Faculty And Staff Ride For Free
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