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'One-Punch' Voting Should Be Punched in the Mouth: New at Reason

Yesterday, the New Mexico Supreme Court heard arguments in the case to decide whether the Democratic Party can get away with changing the state's election ballot to "one-punch" voting, whereby citizens can select a party's entire slate of candidates by filling out just one oval. Like until last month in Michigan, where the U.S. Sixth Courth of Appeals recently overturned a judicial extension of the straight-ticket ballot option, the continuation of this declining practice is being done against the explicit wishes of the state legislature. But even where one-punch is on firmer legal footing, argues Matt Welch, the practice is still wrong.

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