The Texas Legislature has approved eliminating straight-ticket voting beginning in September 2020.
The bill eventually prohibits Texans from choosing a party's full slate of candidates with a single ballot marking. It advanced with Republican support over Democratic objections.
The state House originally passed the bill, then voted 89-45 on Saturday to approve changes made in the Senate. It now goes to Gov. Greg Abbott, who can sign or veto the bill, or allow it to become law automatically.
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For now, Texas is one of 10 states allowing straight-ticket voting. Twelve others have scrapped it since 1994.
Backers say doing so forces voters to research down-ballot races. Opponents note people can still vote for all of one party's candidates, but that the process will be more time-consuming, adding to polling-places lines.