I've NEVER voted straight ticket and never will, but I acknowledge (not necessarily respect) everyone's right to vote by whatever method they wish. I don't think removing this mechanism will prevent voters from blindly checking off all candidates from their party of choice. Should we expect voters to vote with any more deliberation than required to wade through the shallow, inarticulate platforms presented by the candidates on the ballot?
Our intelligence has been insulted by government for so long it borders on assault, so how can we fault these straight-ticket displays of "active apathy". It's a symptom of a diseased system. Some become conditioned to either ignore the insults or purchase a wholesale package of purely reactionary, emotional rhetoric while others push back in a principled manner by voting for vetted Libertarian/Constitutionalist(-leaning) candidates whenever possible to raise awareness of the creeping loss of personal & economic liberties.
There are some ironies in the Tea-Party-inspired surge in (straight-ticket) GOP voting that might take a couple election cycles to play out, but be assured, they will get exactly what they voted for — a slate of forked-tongued slicksters operating comfortably within an overbearing system.
"Nothing conceals tyranny better than elections." - Joel S. Hirschhorn
After reading items on this topic in several VicAd editions, I ask the question...,didn't Victoria voters elect a "split ticket" in November? Not all of the officials of any party won on all local races. So What Is The Problem?
Dierlam loses. Tyler wins. Just because the VicAd doesn't like the results of the races, they find so weak reason as to why their readership is uninformed?
If this editorial had come out prior to the November elections, how much better off we might all have been.