Straight-party ticket: Take time to find out about each political candidate

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  • Demo Dave Holladay, UT
    Nov. 25, 2012 12:46 p.m.

    Thank you, Sierra. People who voted a straight ticket didn't perform their civic duty, they abdicated it.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Nov. 20, 2012 2:48 p.m.

    Funny how certain "conservative" republicans who post regularly say ignorant people shouldn't be allowed to vote because they don't know or undertand or research the issues --
    and yet,
    It's their same ones who'll show up and blindly cast one vote for their party without taking one second to investigate WHO it is they are actually voting for.

    Talk about blind ignorance, and the power of voting!

  • Jl Sandy, UT
    Nov. 20, 2012 12:35 p.m.

    Ban straight party voting. Force us all to vote for individuals. A good place to start for a true democracy.

  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    Nov. 20, 2012 10:42 a.m.


    The Keno book says stay on the same numbers, and let them come to you, rather than jumping around.
    So the keno analogy doesn't really work here.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Nov. 20, 2012 10:34 a.m.

    One button - Straight Party voting.

    Perfect for Single Party, Totalitarian Regimes such as Nazi Germany, Communist China, North Korea, Iran and Cuba.

    Utah is only one [Repblican dominated closed door legislative meeting] step away from closing that last little nagging loop-hope in our democratic process.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Nov. 20, 2012 10:26 a.m.

    When I play Keno at the machines, which keeps me occupied while my wife shops, if the numbers don't pay off you have a choice. You can vote straight ticket (repeat the bet) or choose new. Choosing new is almost always better.

  • IndependentLiberal Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 20, 2012 9:54 a.m.

    I have been an independent liberal all my life, my first election was McGovern/Nixon, and I moved to Utah shortly after. The writer implores people to not vote straight ticket, and to try and determine what each candidate represents. After voting faithfully in some 20 Utah election cycles, I have come to the absolute conclusion that Utah Republicans march in lockstep to a rigidly conservative ideology, and theology. The isolated political gems in Utah are Democrats, so I am guilty and not lazy of voting straight party Democrat for 40 years to try and infuse some diversity into a state I love. I believe we are making some small inroads in spite of very obvious gerrymandering by the republicans.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 20, 2012 9:49 a.m.

    Sierra Wilson proposes an impossible task for us. It is not possible in the present environment to even know the truth about one candidate let alone several. Unless we know the candidate personally and have spent time with him, we cannot know anything about candidates except what someone else tells us. Most of what we hear from others will be lies and at least half truths.

    I would wish that there was an entity, group or source that would rate all candidates on the basis of their record of performance on issues such as people, business, religion or what ever. And then have those as a one vote option on the ballot.

    Having nothing to do with my being lazy, I would like for government to run and do it’s job with as little effort on my part as possible. I have more important things to do for myself and my kin.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Nov. 20, 2012 8:39 a.m.

    But that would take EFFORT . . . . .