The Negative Impact Of Straight-Ticket Voting

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(WHNT) - It's well documented that Alabama votes as a red state.

Dr. Jess Brown elaborates, "Alabama is a deep red state.  Alabama is a maroon state.  With the possible exception of South Carolina, Alabama today may be the most Republican state, even in the south."

So it stands to reason that Tuesday's ballot will get filtered through those deep-red colored glasses.

But WHNT News 19 Political Analyst Dr. Jess Brown says voters who want to fulfill their civic duty will resist the temptation and ease of a straight ticket vote to carefully consider each candidate.

Dr. Brown says, "The conscientious, civic-minded voter ought to vote experiences, credentials, and resume.  But I can assure there are truckloads of polling data that suggests they do not."

After all, many of the offices that will get decided won't have much to do with party affiliation.

Dr. Brown explains, "You can be a Democrat or a Republican and be a very good circuit judge or probate judge.  You can be a very good tax assessor or revenue commissioner and be a D or an R."

Picking competent candidates for those offices is up to you. 

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