On Friday, a United States District Court ordered Texas to reinstate straight ticket voting.
Understandably, Texas and all its Supervisors of Elections had a first class apoplectic meltdown. Considering early voting starts October 13th in Texas and the General Election is about a month away and all the ballots have already been printed, their meltdown was justified.
Today, a three Judge panel of the Fifth Circuit stayed the order of the District Court, meaning Texas will be able to proceed with non-straight ticket voting as planned.
Obviously, the underlying issue will continue on to trial in the District Court, but any decision will not have any effect earlier than the 2022 elections.
I agree with the Fifth Circuit on two grounds.
This was just too ■■■■■■■ close to an election to be ordering such a drastic change. It would have been impossible for Texas to comply and conduct the November 3rd election on time. I agree with providing relief, WHEN APPROPRIATE, but NOW was clearly NOT appropriate.
As for the underlying merits. I ■■■■■■■ HATE the concept of straight ticket voting. It should be banned EVERYWHERE. Until recently, I was a Pennsylvania voter. I absolutely REFUSED to check the straight ticket box, even if I ended up voting a straight ticket. I marked each race individually. If you are so simple minded that your vote is controlled solely by the presence of a D or R, the State should NOT accommodate you. You can mark each race individually as the voters in the vast majority of States do.
BTW, Pennsylvania has now abolished STV, effective this election cycle. Texas has just abolished it. So has Utah. Numerous other States have abolished it in recent years.
Alabama, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and South Carolina are the six remaining States that use STV. Hopefully it will be stomped out in those States as well soon.
If a party nominates you or your affiliate with a party, that name should go on the ballot because it indicates how you will run the government. The Michigan Supreme Court is supposed to be non-partisan, but parties expect loyalty from the justices they nominate.
Maybe we should outlaw political parties in general?
Your argument is that the voter should be as dumb as possible and look for the D. I disagree. I’d rather the voter educate themselves on each candidate and vote according to their interests. People would be far better represented if they knew who they were voting for prior to getting in the booth.