WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK:IN. Senator Introduces Bill to End Straight Ticket Voting

5 Dec

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Senate Bill 146 was recently sponsored by Senator Mike Delph (R) of Carmel. The bill calls for an end to straight ticket voting in Indiana. Senator Delph believes that a person should vote for an individual candidate, and in doing so, have knowledge of the candidate they are voting for. He also believes that straight ticket voting can put other candidates at an unfair advantage. With the simple push of one button, you can vote for a straight party without having to view every candidate’s name and position without giving your vote much thought or effort. Delph said Senate Bill 146 will likely be assigned to an elections committee in order to be considered. According to Michael Adkins, Chairman of the Hancock County Democratic Party, the bill would not create major changes in voting in Hancock County, and that straight ticket voters would continue to vote straight ticket.
This is not the first attack on straight ticket voting. Earlier this year in March, representatives of the People Before Party Act- Jim Matheson (D) of Utah and Charlie Dent (R) of Pennsylvania introduced H.R. 936 as a means to prevent straight ticket voting in federal elections. The bill amends the Help America Vote Act of 2002 by adding to it- that no state is allowed to provide a voter with the opportunity to indicate the selection of a political party as a representation of the selection of an individual candidate.
Straight ticket voting exists elsewhere, but varies by state. States include: Indiana, Alabama, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, & West Virginia. In general, straight ticket voting is on the decline in the U.S. The most recent state to abolish straight ticket voting was Wisconsin in 2011.

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13 Responses to “WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK:IN. Senator Introduces Bill to End Straight Ticket Voting”

  1. Vicky Black December 5, 2013 at 8:00 pm #

    I always know who im voting for..im 54 years old and ive voted in every election since turning 18. right now there is an option to vote individually on the ballot.. it doesnt bother me either way..as long as people know who is democrat and who is republican.

  2. Ron Baker via Facebook December 5, 2013 at 8:19 pm #

    You know this country is in sad shape when we go from fighting for the right to vote, to lazily pushing 1 button and giving it zero thought. Lake County suffers the disease of STV, and they wonder why there’s nepotism, cronyism, crime, corruption, taxes, etc. It never ends. STV breeds corruption. It is a catalyst for uninformed voting. If you don’t take the time to research the candidates listed, you could be voting for someone with a criminal past, or a person that doesn’t have the best intentions. Look at Carol Ann Seaton! It’s not fair when you have good solid candidates in one party that can never win depending on which party is dominated and fed by STV. (In Lake County for example- Democrat foothold and the punch 10 mantra. Republicans don’t stand a chance.) I say do away with STV, and maybe things just might turn around here.

    • ken December 5, 2013 at 9:14 pm #

      And I would add that doing away with STV will give Ds a chance in many areas of the state. Probably would help Indiana Democrats more than Republicans. That is fine with me as long as we get the best person in each office regardless of party.

  3. Sarah Albin via Facebook December 5, 2013 at 9:06 pm #

    Well said Ron. Sadly, I know people who punch 10 judt because their daddy does/did.

  4. Anonymous December 5, 2013 at 9:31 pm #

    It is about time to end both the institutional straight democrat and republican voting practices.

  5. Vicky Black December 5, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    I say we dismantle the entire system and start from scratch

  6. Gary Free-Press via Facebook December 6, 2013 at 1:23 am #

    Sounds like just the ticket for Lake County!

  7. Kenneth Stevenson via Facebook December 6, 2013 at 5:21 pm #

    This bill would give much more power to intelligent voters and dilute the effect of the more ignorant ones. Once we do this, we need to take political party affiliation off the ballot as well.

  8. George Rogge December 7, 2013 at 6:47 am #

    To be able to vote for a person not a political party first, Direct Primaries are the answer. Any qualified person from any political party would be on the (May) primary ballot. If one person get 51% of the vote the election for that position is over, if not then the top two run in November. It is not fair that the voter must first take a D or an R before voting in a primary.

    • Kathy December 7, 2013 at 10:44 pm #

      That’s right dictate to the American people how they can vote! You should not have the right to tell anyone how to vote.. That’s just my opinion! American isn’t free anymore………..

      • William Bahus (@Starnut1968) December 13, 2013 at 9:22 am #

        The state legislatures have always had the authority, under the U.S. Constitution, to determine the methods used in elections.
        Article I Sec 4: “The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Places of chusing Senators.”

  9. William Bahus (@Starnut1968) December 13, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    Straight ticket voting has given Lake County almost 100 new felons over the years, it’s time to end this. “Beware of the tyranny of faction”

  10. Joe December 14, 2013 at 6:47 pm #

    STV is sign and symptom of an apathetic voting populace. I support removing STV options. People need to indicate, one by one, who they are voting for.

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