Voting ChoicesWhen it comes to the actual elections, voters have some choice in how they cast their ballots. They may strongly support a political party and vote for that party's candidates. Voters may turn to a candidate based on his or her personality, or they may vote for or against candidates solely on their stand on a particular issue. Voting the party lineA strong supporter of a party usually votes a straight party ticket. A Democrat votes for Democratic candidates for all elected offices, and Republicans do the same. About a quarter of the electorate votes in this way. Those with a lower sense of party identification vote more independently. They vote for a split ticket, choosing a Democrat for one office and a Republican for another. The major influence on party
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