What's frustrating to me this election is realizing how many of these "minor" offices are decided by people who vote straight party line, when most of those offices don't even have anything to do with what a lot of those people voted straight party line about. For instance, I'm Pro-Life, so that means I often vote republican. But when it comes to things like Agricultural Commissioner or Railroad Commissioner their duties don't include anything that would affect that issue.
My husband and I are watching several of these "minor" races and noticing that in our state the Republican candidates are winning by almost exactly the same margin on these lesser known positions (and that's not true for the more well known offices like Governor and Senator). It makes me wonder if most of the democrats in these positions are loosing solely because of party line votes from people who, in general, don't even know what the office does or what the candidates stand for (a lot of them at least). Most of the people who don't vote party line just don't vote on these.
It saddens me to think that because of party line voting some qualified and capable candidates who are running for the right reasons might loose to candidates who are corrupt, inexperienced, misguided, or who are just seeking this position as a stepping stone to another "more important" one.
So, my challenge to you for the NEXT election is this:
- Don't vote straight party line! At very least if you don't know anything about an elected position and whether the republican or democratic (or green, libertarian, etc) qualities you care about are important in that position, don't vote on that particular race.
- Do some research on at least one elected position you know nothing about, and next election, do research on the candidates, and vote on the race for that election.
In November, Straight Ticket Votes Decide Winner (Texas)