Saturday, January 12, 2013

Rhode Island moderate does something good for a change

by Eric Dondero

Well, this is a good development. And it comes from a very unexpected source.

From the Providence Journal, "R.I. Gov. Chafee supports ending the 'master lever' voting option":
Gov. Chafee supports efforts to eliminate the so-called “master lever” or straight party ticket voting option in Rhode Island.

In a statement Tuesday, he said the time has come for Rhode Island to join the majority of states that do not have the option, which allows voters to select all candidates from a political party with a single mark on the ballot.

“Any mechanism that contributes to voter confusion — and worse, voter disenfranchisement — should not be on the ballot,” said Chafee, an independent up for re-election in 2014.

Moderate Party founder Ken Block, one of Chafee’s rivals for governor in 2010, has been an outspoken advocate for ending the option. In a statement, he said he was “thrilled” Chafee supports the cause. “This is an important electoral reform and the governor’s support is a crucial component to helping to end this harmful ballot device,” Block said.
There are a grand total of 9 Republicans in the RI House out of 60.

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