Chain E-mail Makes False Claims about Straight Party Voting

Posted on: Mon, 10/13/2008 - 14:53 By: cwhitmire

Many South Carolina voters have received a chain e-mail containing incorrect information regarding straight party voting.  The basic claim is that straight party voting does not apply to President.  The information in this e-mail is based on old state law that is no longer in effect.

The Truth:

Straight party voting applies to President and all other partisan offices on the ballot.  Straight party is the first choice a voter is presented with when voting a General Election ballot in South Carolina.  If a voter chooses to vote straight party, each candidate that party has nominated for any office on the ballot is automatically selected.  Voters can later change their choice for individual offices (also known as crossover voting).