Straight ticket voting is the pushing of a button that allows someone to vote downballot for one single party. There is a bill currently going through the Texas Legislature to repeal this straight party voting (HB 25). You can read some more about the bill and statistics here. It is interesting to note is that Texas leads the nation in straight party voting (by a bunch). Texas votes heavily Republican, but many calling this bill out are Democrats. I have read their reasoning, but I am still confused by their logic.
So, here’s where I am lost. Both sides seem to be vehementally against this. They are holding on to it for dear life. The Democrats think they will lose their stronghold over a few urban cities that they have managed to muster. The Replublicans fear losing their monopoly of pretty much everything else. I can’t for the life of me understand the fear of ceasing this casino-like practice. It reminds me of a slot machine, and I don’t like my odds.
I am in one of the reddest areas in the US. I mean, landslides. The other day, my friend reported that a woman became hysterical at the polling machine. She was cursing and causing a scene because there were no Rs or Ds beside each persons name in this local election. How was she suppose to know who to vote for? *Insert head smack.*
I feel this is partially our responsibility. We are to blame. I am talking to you. All of us. We have become lazy and complacent as voters because we can. We do not have to research. We pick a team. I am sporting my red or blue depending on the fan support. We would wear our faces painted to the polls if we could. This is the land of football, y’all.
What does that candidate support? Well, he’s conservative. She’s liberal.
Where do they stand on the issues? Umm…searching for answers – fiscal responsibility or social freedoms, depending on my preferred party’s talking points.Take two seconds to research “Republican Talking Heads” and “Democrat Talking Heads” on Google. Fascinating.
How will they affect the lives of you and those you love? What? Is this a test? Am I being graded? Where am I supposed to even find the answers?
Well, these are some good places to begin.
http://www.vote411.org/ballot – This website is extremely easy to navigate. Type in your address and hit go. It will give you personalized information on candidates and issues on your ballots. The candidates give their responses, so the only bias is their own. Under that, you have the option to verify your registration status. Nice to know before you go. There are locations for polls to vote, upcoming debates and forums and additional links and resources. This website is one of the easiest ways to look smart and actually be knowledgable about what is happening around you.
Reading about the candidates and finding out their answers to questions is a starting point. It is work, I know, and you are busy. But come on. These people have control over the roads we drive on, the schools our kids go to, what we do with our bodies, the water we drink, the food we eat, I could keep going but this list would go on forever.
“I feel like a hurricane could be going on and as long as it hits all my neighbors except me, who cares?” This is the mentality that has continued to take away our social freedoms and basic safeguards. Are we letting our fears drive us? Is our freedom from overriding our freedom to? Is it more important to shield our borders than to have clean drinking water?
Does everything have to be mutually exclusive in this liberal verse conservative era?
I don’t care if it is local, state or federal, it is time to pay attention. To stop looking at letters and to start voting and supporting people who will actually work for the people and their interests.
Pulling a lever gives us the excuse to not care.
It is more than most might do, but maybe if given some actually credibility, more would vote.
I am watching the handmaid’s tale, and reading the book. In the latest episode she explains that it didn’t happen overnight (read and watch to know what), it was a slow burn, like lobsters in a pot that didn’t know it was happening until it already happened.
I may sway to one side in my current residence based on the issues and political environment around me. I would never want to be told I had to vote for that party.
I want choice.
I demand choice.
Please eliminate straight party voting. Please eliminate a R, D, L, G or any other letter defining a candidate behind the veil of a party. Please allow more access for all voters. Please give more information about upcoming local elections such as times, polling locations and resources to learn about the candidates prior to voting.
The water is starting to boil and I am ready to get out!
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