The one about nonpartisan elections

7 thoughts on “The one about nonpartisan elections”

  1. It’s the same way here for local and judicial elections. I tend to ignore party anyway on the city and county level, partly because a lot of ours are independent. State and national offices, I think it matters more, but what matters most to me is whether candidates can transcend partisanship. Unfortunately, that’s harder to find every day.

    1. Our judicial elections are also nonpartisan. I used to think all judges were nonpartisan (or certainly should be), but I’ve since decided human beings can’t completely divorce themselves from their partisan (liberal or conservative) leanings. It’s kind of like expecting reporters to be completely unbiased. It’s an admirable but unrealistic ideal. (And yes, I search for political affiliations among judges, too.)

  2. I don’t think I’d like that, either. I remember the first time I voted, maybe the 2nd time, too, we could vote straight-party-ticket, like you mentioned. Select either Dem or Rep and all the candidates would be selected per their ticket. Not anymore. That was back in Indiana, but they did away with at years ago before I left the state. Although I do prefer to vote for the person over party, realistically, I typically know nothing to very little about local candidates. So I have to vote for the party I support since chances are that candidate will be more likely to have the same values that I do.

    You know, that may have been a pain, but you did find out more about your candidates than you would have if their party affiliation was posted on the ballot. However…. the vast majority of voters will not take that amount of time, really probably won’t even take 5 minutes of time, to research any given candidate.

    (p.s. I LOVE Grammarly! Thanks for that!!)

    1. You’re right about the time I spent on research. Had their parties been publicized, I’d have limited my search to the Dems. Yes, I probably sound very partisan and narrow-minded. But Washington has made me that way. Anymore I just don’t see giving Republicans a leg up in their political careers. But you said it best: “So I have to vote for the party I support since chances are that candidate will be more likely to have the same values that I do.”

      I had heard of Grammarly but would never have tried it if WordPress hadn’t dropped their spellchecker. Lucky for both of us!

    1. I doubt if it results in more informed voters; I can’t imagine many voters putting in the time I did for just one race. My guess is it just results in more people voting for whichever name seems most familiar — in other words, whoever spent the most on their campaign.

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