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Thread: Straight Ticket Voting

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    Re: Straight Ticket Voting

    Quote Originally Posted by P/N View Post
    Would you support eliminating "straight ticket voting" altogether? In some states, the ballots have an option for "vote straight-ticket Democrat" and "vote straight-ticket Republican". Not only does this help keep in tact the juggernaut that our two-party system restrains us to, but it also allows candidates who are not qualified to get into public office. It eliminates the need for people to actually research the candidates and the issues and just vote for "their party".
    Yes, this practice should be abolished. Ohio used to have it, and the Ohio Supreme Court found it unconstitutional. To be honest, I was a little surprised to learn that this was still in effect anywhere in the country. We vote for candidates, not political parties. Let's keep it that way.
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    Re: Straight Ticket Voting

    I'm in favor of anything that makes my wait in line shorter. Even if the practice is removed I'm fairly certain people will still vote based on the letter beside the name instead of the candidate.
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    Re: Straight Ticket Voting

    Taking the single choice off the ballot won't stop people from going through and picking all the Republicans or Democrats individually, it'll just make people who have never thought about the political process take more time in the booth and make the lines wait even longer.

    If people are foolish enough to vote for candidates just because they have an "R" or "D" next to their name, you can't stop them, you shouldn't punish everyone else for their stupidity.
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    Re: Straight Ticket Voting

    Because I mostly believe, while their public opinions suggest otherwise, the democratic and republican party are ultimately one in the same. Straight ticket voting will turn our country into a truly one party country.

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    Re: Straight Ticket Voting

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    Taking the single choice off the ballot won't stop people from going through and picking all the Republicans or Democrats individually, it'll just make people who have never thought about the political process take more time in the booth and make the lines wait even longer.

    If people are foolish enough to vote for candidates just because they have an "R" or "D" next to their name, you can't stop them, you shouldn't punish everyone else for their stupidity.
    Yes, they can still vote for all the candidates of a certain party. But that's the point, they would then be voting for actual candidates.
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    Re: Straight Ticket Voting

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Yes, they can still vote for all the candidates of a certain party. But that's the point, they would then be voting for actual candidates.
    No, they'd still be voting for the "R" or "D" next to their names, they'd know no more about the positions of the actual candidates than they do now.
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    Re: Straight Ticket Voting

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    No, they'd still be voting for the "R" or "D" next to their names, they'd know no more about the positions of the actual candidates than they do now.
    Ya but the state cannot control on what basis people vote. I oppose straight-ticket voting for the same reason I'd oppose a "Vote for the tallest candidate" checkbox on the ballot. Just because some people are going to vote stupidly doesn't mean the state has to help them vote stupidly.
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    Re: Straight Ticket Voting

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Ya but the state cannot control on what basis people vote. I oppose straight-ticket voting for the same reason I'd oppose a "Vote for the tallest candidate" checkbox on the ballot. Just because some people are going to vote stupidly doesn't mean the state has to help them vote stupidly.
    The state is neither helping nor preventing stupid voters from voting stupidly, they will do what they do in any case. The state is simply getting the stupid voters out of the way faster so the non-stupid voters behind them don't have to wait in line as long.
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    Re: Straight Ticket Voting

    Allowing for a straight party ticket vote with a single entry allows the government to process a large chunk of ballots more efficiently. Cutting the number of boxes to check and verify to one must save at least some money, particularly during meticulous processing such as a recount. Given that there's no real reason to exclude the option I see no need to eliminate it.

    Besides, as nice as the sentiments in statements like "Yes, they can still vote for all the candidates of a certain party. But that's the point, they would then be voting for actual candidates." , they hardly justify the nuclear option of eliminating all straight ticket party options everywhere. What about extremely liberal or conservative areas where the vote is 90%+ in one direction anyway? It's perfectly reasonable to offer a straight party ticket option when most of the people, even thoughtful politically minded people, will be voting along party lines.

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