On March 13, the Texas House Elections Committee passed HB 25, the bill to eliminate the straight-ticket device. The five Republicans on the committee voted “yes”; the two Democrats voted “no.”
Many witnesses testified in favor of the bill. Election officials from several large counties pointed out problems caused by the straight-ticket device. Some voters use the straight-ticket device but then vote for an individual nominee from the same party, just to emphasize that they want to vote for that individual. But that action actually erases the effect of the straight ticket device for that one particular nominee, which causes the voter to not vote for that race.
The League of Independent Voters, the Libertarian Party, and the Green Party testified for the bill. The only two groups that testified against it were the Democratic Party and the NAACP. Thanks to Jim Riley for this news.