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The propensity of voters in the United States to simultaneously cast votes for the candidates of different parties (where straight‐ticket voting is the opposite). This widespread practice is a mark of the weakness of party, the importance of personal appeals in American electoral politics, and the effects of federalism. It also helps to explain the prevalence of divided government, where one party controls the executive and another the legislature.

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