Straight-ticket voting will remain an option for Utah voters. A House committee Tuesday rejected Rep. Patrice Arent's HB119 to eliminate the option when six of the panel's eight Republicans opposed it. Two GOP lawmakers joined the committee's two Democrats in favor.
Straight-ticket voting allows for a resident to vote for all candidates of one party with a single push of the button.
Arent, D-Millcreek, said it has caused confusion in the past, citing as an example the 2006 election when the little-known Personal Choice Party received 14 percent of the vote in Salt Lake County.