NVC Student William Beard wrote a timely blog post on voter vocabulary and information:
WHAT IS ON THE BALLOT?
If you are a U.S. citizen, you have the opportunity to vote in the U.S. presidential election on or before November 8. Go for it!
However, there are also quite a few other positions to vote for on that ballot. You know that the president is chosen based on your vote, but what about all the other politicians?
A few definitions to help out:
- Down-ballot Voting
Voting down-ballot or down-ticket means that you will vote on the other political positions becoming available.
- Straight-ballot Voting
Voting straight-ballot or straight-ticket means that you are voting for the same political party for every available position on the ballot.There are issues with down-ballot voting, such as the following possibilities:
- positions do not always provide a candidate from your chosen political party
- there are more options for you when you vote across party lines
- some politicians have positions that cross party lines
Read the rest of the article here: https://williamhbeard.wordpress.com/2016/10/23/2016-voting-other-politicians/