Sen Delph’s SB 146 would remove straight party voting as an option on the ballot. I’m cynical enough to imagine the expectation is that this would hurt Democrats more than Republicans, otherwise Sen. Delph wouldn’t be inclined to introduce it. That said, I’m generally supportive of the notion because of the fact that political parties aren’t specifically contemplated by the state or federal Constitutions. In fact, I’d modestly propose the legislation go one step further and eliminate indicators of political party affiliation from the ballot entirely. I wonder how far that would go toward reducing the tribalism of voters.