Voting for President Separate

It looks like the voters here in Mecklenburg figured out that you had to vote for president separate. I don't think there is a way to see if the people who voted straight ticket also voted for president, but 98.9% of all voters voted for a presidential candidate, 98.1% voted in the governor's race and 97.7% voted in the senate race.

The machines here remind us at the end if we have missed any races and gives us a chance to go back before we cast our ballot so I am sure that this helped.

How did other counties do?


Straight ticket

Now if we could just get rid of the mindless straight ticket vote and get people to make active choices for each race...

I so agree with this!

Even when I'm voting a "straight ticket", I never choose the option of filling in that circle. I vote in every race. It just seems like the right thing to do.

Feels safer, too

I do that mostly because it just feels safer, you know? I just wanna to make sure each and every Dem I vote for gets counted. I've never quite trusted the straight ticket option.

I disagree with this

I see nothing wrong with straight ticket voting. If a voter knows which party best represents them, and they vote for that party, they're making an informed choice.

And they're probably making a more informed choice than a lot of people splitting the ticket. Party affiliation is a lot more meaningful than name recognition, which I'd bet drives a lot of people's down-ticket decisions.

I agree with this disagreement

The party has a platform. To varying degrees, its members are going to support that platform. I have never felt that I was abandoning any civic responsibilities by voting straight ticket; I have people we call "whips" whose job is to ensure consistency on crucial issues.

Party affiliation *is* more meaningful than name recognition. Watch the General Assembly in action and see.

Stop lurking in that aisle, Justin

Word. They're watching you. They see that weird look on your face as you peruse the vegetable bins and they aren't thinking you're lost.

Mecklenburg "straight-ticket" vs non-DRE counties?

Those results are not that impressive as we might think because Mecklenburg uses DRE machines. DRE voters are warned if they have left a portion of the ballot blank, therefore, its much harder to skip accidentally. With Optical Scan machines, this is not the case.

Don't get me wrong, I prefer Optical Scan over DRE b/c OptiScan provide a real paper trail, but when it comes "Straight ticket" confusion, the DRE machines are much better because of the way the ballot is organized in a screen-by-screen way. It's much harder to miss the presidential race b/c it comes up on the first screen.. the straight party option comes later.

I don't have the info for counties not using DRE machines, but I'm almost positive the undervotes for President in those places would be higher than Mecklenburg. If someone can prove me or wrong (or right), I'd very much appreciate it.

Wake County

Not sure what type of machines they have but they did better than Mecklenburg:

99.6% Presidential
98.8% Senate
98.7% Governor

“We are the party of Roosevelt. We are the party of Kennedy. So don't tell me that Democrats won't defend this country. Don't tell me that Democrats won't keep us safe.” ~ Barack Obama


Straight party tickets are a shortcut most people appreciate

Individual candidates are still listed by party. One can vote "straight ticket" by filling in dots in every race for the same party's candidate's.

Things like "shortcuts" on a ballot are just disturbing to me. I guess I am predisposed to it though. I really have no tolerance or sympathy for those who don't vote. I really have no tolerance or sympathy for those who don't even register to vote within a short time of turning eighteen. Thus, I have no tolerance or sympathy for someone needing a "shortcut" on a ballot to quickly and often blindly vote for everyone on a ballot belonging to a certain party. If you have gone through the "trouble" of registering to vote and made the effort to get off your butt and go vote, is it that big of an orderal to make individual choices for each race?

To me, it is candidate first, party second. I don't remember every ballot I have ever filled out, but I can't remember the last time I did not vote for at least one Dem and one Rep in a partisan general election. But then, I am proudly unaffiliated because I don't completely identify with any party's entire platform. I am a party of one.