The Carmel-based Republican is filing legislation to do away with straight-ticket voting. He tells Abdul-Hakim Shabazz that it's so people have to actually look at the ballot they vote instead of simply marking a straight ticket oval or pushing the appropriate button and walking away.
As someone that has voted straight ticket in the past, I like having the option, but I understand where Delph is coming from. I just didn't know that this was such a big problem that there was this groundswell to do away with the straight ticket option. Other than a few libertarians, I have never really heard anyone rail against it.
I think before I vote. I don't simply mark a straight-ticket oval without first examining all the candidates. Of course, I'm in the odd position that I will know many of the candidates on the ballot. Others are not in my position, and this won't change that. Now folks will have to agonize over what candidates they want for township advisory board. I wonder if they will just walk away and leave that portion of the ballot blank.
Most people that take the time to show up at the polls on Election Day have made up their minds. This will simply slow down the process. I doubt if Delph's legislation will go anywhere, but I guess we'll see.