More than 40 percent of Linn County voters took a shortcut on the way to casting their ballots in the Nov. 6 general election.
According to the Board of Supervisors’ official canvass Nov. 14, 43 percent of the 118,711 people who voted in Linn County voted a straight party ticket.
In Johnson County, there was a much lower rate of straight-ticket voting, according to the official canvass, also conducted Wednesday.
There, 20 percent or 15,319 Democrats and 6,457 or 8.5 percent of Republicans cast straight tickets. Overall, 76,199 people voted in Johnson County.
Iowa is one of 16 states which allow voters to vote a straight party ballot, that is, cast a ballot for everyone on the ballot listed under a particular party.
Do you think Iowa should continue to offer the option to vote a straight-ticket ballot?