Voting straight-ticket in N.C. doesn't include presidential race

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By Laura Lewis, Reporter

North Carolina voters who vote straight-ticket need to know that doesn’t include the presidential race.

Greg Bellamy, director of the Brunswick County Board of Elections, confirmed voters will need to pull the lever for presidential candidates separately.

Earlier this month, Carolina Shores resident Donna Lowry summed up North Carolina’s straight-ticket issue after recently learning about it.

“It’s the dumbest damn thing I’ve ever heard of,” she said.

Nevertheless, it is “absolutely” true, Bellamy confirmed.

To help guide voters and clarify confusion, Bellamy’s office this year is putting together a “little package” of information for this year’s November elections.

He said they’ll be attaching a small flier of information on the inside flaps of voting machines and also providing handouts this election cycle instructing voters a straight-party vote doesn’t include the presidential/vice president races, which must be voted on separately.

“A ‘straight party’ vote does not include the office of President/Vice President or any nonpartisan race or Issue,” the handouts read, instructing that president/vice president must be voted on separately from other offices and that nonpartisan offices and issues must also be voted on separately.

The handout states more detailed instructions are on the voter ballot.

“For paper ballots, be sure to turn the ballot over because there are contests on the back of the ballot,” it reads.

Bellamy said North Carolina previously was one of two states that has this straight-ticket snafu at least through the last presidential election in 2008.

“We are now one,” he added. “We’ve had this issue every election.”


Laura Lewis is a staff writer at the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or email llewis@brunswickbeacon.com.