GALVESTON COUNTY, Texas—The large yellow signs with the red letter R are hard to miss when driving along Interstate 45. This election season, members of the Republican Party strategically placed the signs to promote straight-ticket voting.
When voters go to the polls Tuesday, they have a list of races to make choices in. In the races featuring political party candidates, voters have the option to avoid going race-by-race and instead pick candidates by party — Republican, Democratic or Libertarian.
Straight-ticket voting was heavily credited to helping Republicans make a sweep of the major county offices in 2010. Democrats, point to the scandals that came about from a slew of GOP candidates who made it into office thanks in large part to the straight-ticket voting.
While straight-ticket voting was up in the 2010 election, truth is, traditionally in Galveston County, it has accounted for a large chunk of the total number of votes cast.
Two years ago, 58 percent of the votes cast was straight party votes. Republicans dominated in the category with 36.6 of the total number of votes cast in that election going straight GOP, according to county election records.
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