Making Democracy Work

Straight Party Voting

What happens when I vote only for one party or the other?

If you want to cast your vote for a single party with no exceptions

You may cast a straight-party vote (that is, cast a vote for all the nominees of one party) by choosing the name of the party of your choice at the beginning of your ballot.

If you want to cast most of your votes for one party, but want to vote for the other party in one or more races

Cast a straight-party vote for one party. To override your vote for a particular candidate (i.e., to vote for someone of a different party), go to that race and vote for the candidate you favor. This will change the original straight-party vote for that one race. You have now voted mostly for the candidates in one party, but you voted for one candidate in a different party. You may do this to change your vote for as many races as you want.

If you want to cast most of your votes for one party, but want to vote "none of the above" for one or more races

If you cast a straight-party vote, there is no way to cast a "none of the above" vote for any individual race. You will need to vote for each race individually, leaving the "none of the above" race(s) blank.