AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas Senate has preliminarily approved a bill eliminating straight-ticket voting statewide beginning in 2020.READ MORE: After 2 Days, Faiza Fahad Still Missing After Leaving Wylie Home On-Foot
The chamber voted 20-10 to advance the measure prohibiting voters from choosing a party’s full slate of candidates with just a single ballot marking, over Democratic objections.
It still needs a final Senate vote, likely coming Thursday, while the House approved a similar measure earlier this month — after hours of heated debate.READ MORE: 'So Casual', Fort Worth Police Seek Suspects Who Stole, Destroyed Golf Carts From Resort
For now, Texas is one of 10 states allowing straight-ticket voting. Twelve states have scrapped it since 1994, though.
Backers say doing so forces voters to do more research on down-ballot races. Opponents note that people can still vote for all candidates from one party, but that the process will get more onerous and time-consuming, possibly adding to lines at polling places.MORE NEWS: Burleson Police Department Asks For Prayers After Officer Kevin Cordell Shot In Line Of Duty
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