Tearns Without Uniforms: The Nonpartisan Ballot in State and Local Elections

  title={Tearns Without Uniforms: The Nonpartisan Ballot in State and Local Elections},
  author={Brian F. Schaffner and Matthew J. Streb and Gerald C. Wright},
  journal={Political Research Quarterly},
  pages={30 - 7}
The use of a nonpartisan ballot was one of the many Progressive reforms introduced around the turn of the century that is still heavily used today. The intent of the change to a nonpartisan format was, and still is, to remove party cues from a voter's decision, thereby causing the voter to seek out other information about a candidate. This study seeks to examine the effects of nonpartisan elections on patterns of voter decisionmaking. We examine the structure of electoral choice in partisan and… 

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