A bill proposed by Rep. Patrice Arent that would eliminate straight-party ticket voting was recently assigned to the Government Operations Committee. The United Utah Party urged immediate action on the bill.
“Utah is one of only eight states that still allows straight-party ticket voting,” said Richard Davis, the United Utah Party chair. “And next year, that number will be down to seven when Texas, one of the most Republican states in the country, gets rid of this outdated practice. It’s time for Utah to follow suit.”
Davis noted that straight-party voting has long been criticized by people of all political persuasions.
“If you only vote for a party, you’re throwing your vote away in races where your party doesn’t have a candidate,” Davis said. “You also may be casting a vote for someone tainted by scandal that even your own party no longer supports.”
Davis promised that the UUP will continue to support efforts to end straight-party voting regardless of what happens with Rep. Arent’s bill.
“43 other states have figured out this is a bad practice,” he said. “Utah should do the same.”