Letter: Straight-party ticket: Take time to find out about each political candidate
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Long lines and a feeling a patriotism didn't surprise me on Election Day — but a simple button on my ballot did: Vote a straight ticket. With one touch on the screen, I could let party politics make all my decisions.
Seeing this disturbed me and got me thinking: How much do we really think as voters, and how much do we allow loyalty to party to dictate our opinions?
I try to evaluate each candidate as an individual — regardless of party. To my knowledge, no party has yet mastered the art of cloning. Therefore, voting for a party doesn't ensure you'll get a candidate you can trust or agree with.
If you've carefully evaluated each candidate and still want to vote a straight ticket, that's fine with me. But don't forgo learning about each candidate's differences and platforms, trusting blindly in a political party.
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