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I sure hope not.
As I write this blog, the state Senate is in the midst of debating 27 amendments to the photo ID bill. Don’t get me wrong. I’m an ardent supporter of photo ID.
However, one provision shoved into the measure by Assembly Republicans makes no sense because it could hurt Republicans.
Assembly Bill 7, the photo ID bill now before the state Senate as I write gets rid of straight party ticket voting. There is evidence that suggests straight party ticket voting helps Republicans.
Tonight, Senate Democrats put forth an amendment to remove the provision that eliminates straight party ticket voting. The amendment was voted down.
I understand that if the amendment was approved, the entire bill would have to be sent back to the Assembly for consideration and the intent is to get this bill to the governor’s desk. But the straight party ticket measure should never have been included in the first place.
Bad move by Assembly Republicans, especially if it turns out to be true and Senate Democrats tried to help the GOP out.