Is straight-party ticket voting good for democracy?

Utah one of just 14 states offering the election option

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  • conservative scientist Lindon, UT
    Oct. 15, 2012 2:41 p.m.

    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.

  • cmbennett1 OGDEN, UT
    Oct. 14, 2012 4:23 p.m.

    I vote for individuals Not parties. I plan to vote for some Republicans and some Democrats.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 14, 2012 3:01 p.m.

    on the other hand,
    the polls contradict your assertion

  • On the other hand Spanish Fork, UT
    Oct. 14, 2012 6:44 a.m.

    @ute alumni, funny how the pendulum swings. Now the Republican party is doing the same.

  • Salsa Libre Provo, UT
    Oct. 13, 2012 10:43 p.m.

    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.

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    Oct. 13, 2012 9:33 p.m.

    for years utah was a democratic state. i was raised a democrat.unfortunatly, the party literally "left" the people

  • Demisana South Jordan, UT
    Oct. 13, 2012 8:06 p.m.

    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.

  • Clark Griswold Cedar City, UT
    Oct. 13, 2012 5:12 p.m.

    @Andrew J. Marksen - sadly, not much of that is Republican, either.

  • Andrew J. Marksen Deseret, UT
    Oct. 13, 2012 12:20 p.m.

    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 ā€œDā€ 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 Democrat.

  • WHAT NOW? Saint George, UT
    Oct. 13, 2012 11:36 a.m.


    The 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.

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    Oct. 13, 2012 9:57 a.m.

    Oh, my goodness!
    Isn't that a surprise!
    No one could ever have guessed that!

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Oct. 13, 2012 9:12 a.m.

    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.


  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Oct. 13, 2012 8:29 a.m.

    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.

  • Prodicus Provo, UT
    Oct. 13, 2012 6:44 a.m.

    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.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Oct. 13, 2012 6:42 a.m.

    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.

  • Abe Sarvis Cedar City, UT
    Oct. 13, 2012 12:11 a.m.

    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 vice-versa.

  • play by the rules SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    Oct. 12, 2012 10:52 p.m.

    The Democrat slogan has quit working for me. Vote Democrat we hate America but will pretend to love it if you vote for us.

  • Digbads South Jordan, UT
    Oct. 12, 2012 10:47 p.m.

    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.

  • I Bleed Blue Las Vegas, NV
    Oct. 12, 2012 10:12 p.m.

    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.