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(Travis County) February 9, 2011, 2:52 pm report abuse
Introduced and referred to committee on Senate State Affairs (1/31/11)
( County) February 9, 2011, 8:46 am Thumbs Down report abuse
@tobymarie, If I want to blindly vote for someone just because of their party affiliation that is my right. Why do you as a small govt. conservative want to pass new laws (more govt.) to make exercising my right more difficult?
(McLennan County) February 8, 2011, 10:01 am Thumbs Up report abuse
This legislation will not keep people from voting straight ticket, it will force them to vote in each race instead of blindly voting for someone just because of their party affiliation. Many states have implemented this type of voting and it hasn't prevented people from voting.
(Austin County) February 7, 2011, 2:48 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
Why would we do away with something that has proven so popular with voters? People keep saying we should run government more like a business, and if that's more than a campaign slogan, we should make interactions with the public as convenient for them as possible. Since the option is well-used, why would government discontinue a popular option? That's no way to run a business.
(Harris County) February 1, 2011, 3:10 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
Then we'll all have to read the ballot at least...
(Denton County) January 20, 2011, 2:59 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
Eliminating straight ticket voting is pointless! I agree with @ChollyMac, if I want to do it, then darn it, I will vote straight ticket. There is no point in taking it away.
Racer X
(Travis County) January 18, 2011, 6:29 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
Honestly, this is a solution in search of a problem.
( County) January 18, 2011, 7:48 am Thumbs Down report abuse
@taxpayer - sorry that is not much of an argument. What is the perceived problem being addressed here? @whynotpeace - how is voting straight ticket not actually voting for someone? Your making an assumption that just because I straight ticket vote I don't know who the down ballot candidates are.
(Travis County) January 18, 2011, 4:19 am Thumbs Up report abuse
@Seamoon, I think the elderly can handle it. @2cutebyhalf Sorry, but I think it's worth it. @NRN I don't think so. @Ankur Let's hear some of those better ways and I'll change my mine.
(Travis County) January 18, 2011, 4:15 am Thumbs Up report abuse
I like this bill because I believe the parties behave in some ways similar to lobbyists, providing pressure and money to push legislators to vote for bills they and their constituents don't want. Therefore, taking the straight party button and the party affiliation off the ballot take some power from the parties with the takeoff being that people may need to pay more attention. I think that is a good thing.
(Nueces County) January 17, 2011, 4:37 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
You're making it harder for the elderly in mail voting.
(Williamson County) January 17, 2011, 2:59 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
opposition to this bill is predicated entirely on political maneuvering and has nothing to do with best voting practices. If you want to vote for someone, then you should have to ACTUALLY vote for them. Simple as that. If you want to vote for all republicans or democrats, then you can vote for each and every one. Allowing straight ticket voting to decide low-level local races due to who is running at the top of the ballot runs counter to the idea of a true representative democracy.
( County) January 17, 2011, 8:52 am Thumbs Down report abuse
The lines are long enough as it is. If folks want to speed up the process by straight ticket voting, knowing they are going to vote along party lines anyways, then they should be free to do that.
(Travis County) January 17, 2011, 7:23 am Thumbs Down report abuse
Shame on you Mr. Wentworth. Now you're trying to tell us how to vote. Shame, shame, shame.
Ankur Bajaj
(Travis County) January 16, 2011, 9:29 pm Thumbs Down report abuse
Seems pretty silly--it would require change of the voting system, without accomplishing much. I understand the intent though, to take a step back from partisanship and focus on the ideas, but there have to be better ways to accomplish this.
(Harris County) January 16, 2011, 7:25 pm report abuse
Just what problem does he think he's fixing with this bill? If I want to vote straight ticket I should have that choice.
(Travis County) January 15, 2011, 12:18 am Thumbs Down report abuse
I am always against a measure that would take away an option or choice from the people. If I wish to vote straight-party, well by George I will.
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