Utah one of just 14 states offering the election option
I try to stay abreast of the issues and the candidates, but it is really
difficult to keep track of much more than a few candidates and their positions.
The races for President, Governor, U.S. Senate and U.S. representative are ones
where I can usually tell a lot of differences and hope to make an informed
decision. It is a lot more difficult to know about obscure positions like
county treasurer and the many other offices that many don't even knows
exist until they are voting at the ballot box. Do many people really research
diligently the pages of candidates for each office and exactly what they stand
for? When there are two names on the ballot and I have never heard of either
one of them, I am going to vote for the Republican because they are more likely
to represent my views. I think the straight party ticket voting option mostly
is for the convenience of those who have made up their minds about the 4 races
mentioned above and don't know anything about the other candidates and in
this case it is a good option.
I vote for individuals Not parties. I plan to vote for some Republicans and some
on the other hand,the polls contradict your assertion
@ute alumni, funny how the pendulum swings. Now the Republican party is doing
It's like voting with blinders on. However, this is Utah and 80% vote
straight-ticket anyway. They just won't have to think and read the entire
ballot and maybe become confused. Everyone looks alike, thinks alike, and votes
alike. Nothing new here.Like the Republican Party, the State of
Utah appears to be looking to purge itself of the unwanted: progressives,
independents, and moderate conservatives. George Romney would not find a
welcome here, that's for sure. There is the push for ideological and
cultural purity, just like the GOP over the last 30 years. This way the world
remains simple and easy, like the straight-ticket ballot.
for years utah was a democratic state. i was raised a democrat.unfortunatly, the
party literally "left" the people
When there are two viable conservative parties on the ballot, I'll stop
voting straight ticket. Until then, I have no reason to vote for anyone who
affiliates with a party totally opposed to everything I believe in.
@Andrew J. Marksen - sadly, not much of that is Republican, either.
We live in a Republic NOT a democracy. Ideology matters as much as convictions
and actions. I vote straight party because there is nothing in the Democrat
Party Platform that appeals to me. The principles and values contained in their
party platform is part of their core convictions as an elected official. Why put
a “D” behind your name if you do not support the values the party
stands for? I have talked to most of the Democrat candidates running for major
office in Utah, none of them can articulate with any convincing argument why
they do not agree with their party platform. Most obfuscate or deflect
especially on abortion, and to a lesser extent on gay marriage. I will not
support a party or candidate that is for abortion on demand under any
circumstances. I am for Civil Unions. I believe the government is not free to
steal others hard earned success to give away to those who do nothing. I am for
immigration reform that does not disrespect or denigrate those who have come
here legally, no amnesty. I am for national Right to Carry. None of that is a
@playThe repub slogan has quit working for me. Vote repub, we hate
47% of Americans who don't pay federal income tax like those serving in the
military or senior citizens but we will pretend to love those... if they vote
for us.There...all better.
Oh, my goodness!Isn't that a surprise! No one could ever have
Straight party voting is horrible, 100 % anti-Democracy, and should never be
used.Are Utahns really this lazy? I don't want to hear one
single letter written to this paper complaining about this country if we enable
straight party voting. Despicable!
I have been voting since 1969. I have never voted a straight party ticket. I
never will. I vote for the person not the party. I would like to see political
parties eliminated. They do not serve well the country or its citizens.
Straight-party ticket voting is unquestionably bad for democracy and should
never be an option.Elections are contested between individual
candidates, not between parties. If you vote for people you haven't even
heard of just because of their party affiliation, you should at least have to
face the reality of the uninformed choices you're making.
Straight party voters are a group of irresponsible lazy voter who don't
care about their rights and constitution or government. What is happening on our
Capital Hill is making us victims of unethical government, excessive taxation,
and fraudulent spending and corruption.Utah has always been very
slow in seeing the light separating truth from lies but eventually we get it and
its time to remove our State from the list of 14 socialist states.It's time to abolish careers, fraud,and power corruption in government
one representative at a time. Make every voter an accountable voter and learn
about his representatives and throw out ALEC, activist, and PAC special interest
groups running our land taking our voice in governemnt away from us. Voting for
people of unknown skills or convictions is lazy voting. Its time to be career
citizens and enforce the rules.People and citizens should be writing
and making the laws and spending our taxes, not back door businessmen using news
media. Our Representative are accountable, not back door fraud blackmailing our
elected government to obey a different government. Anyone active in party
affiliation sees the lies but pretends to be blind.
The majority of voting machines in Utah are touch-screen - is asking people to
touch a screen multiple times really any kind of imposition? Should we count the
votes of people who think touching a screen multiple times is just too much
effort?Straight ticket voting distorts results in all the races
lower on the ballot. Some voters are interested in, or educated about, only the
elections at the top of the ballot - president, governor, maybe senator. The
election of a state auditor, or county commissioner, shouldn't be
influenced by what part of the electorate prefers Romney to Obama, or
The Democrat slogan has quit working for me. Vote Democrat we hate America but
will pretend to love it if you vote for us.
This was my first year to vote using the straight-party option. I was able to
work with the Republican party in Salt Lake County this year and I was so
impressed with their fiscal responsibility. Hearing all the candidates, from
Chelsea Woodruff, to Missy Larsen, to Rich Cunningham, I was really happy to be
see candidates from across the socio-economic spectrum that all agreed in their
fiscal conservancy.I'm happy to be part of that party.
Why not? We have a congress and senate that believe in straight party voting.
There is no compromise or meeting in the middle anymore. I have to laugh
though; most of Utah votes straight republican so make it easier on everyone by
putting a big R with a box on the top of the ballot. Democrats in Utah should
be considered an endangered species.