Gov. Gary Herbert has signed into law a bill to end the practice of straight-ticket voting, or endorsing all a party’s candidates by ticking a single box.
“Those who were voting straight-ticket will now have to consider each candidate individually and not just check a partisan box,” the Millcreek Democrat said Tuesday. “That will make for a more thoughtful voter.”
Eliminating the option could also increase voting in non-partisan races, such as for judges and school board members, she said. Voters who use the straight-ticket option often miss those contests, since they assume their ballot is finished after checking the partisan box, Arent said.
Now that Utah’s election law has changed, there are only a handful of states that still have straight-ticket ballots, Arent said.
Other proposals endorsed by the governor dealt with waste tire recycling, yurts, taxes, veterans and municipal golf cart regulation.
The governor has until April 1 to veto or sign legislation passed during the session.