Post # 1
Basically, if you are a registered Republican, do you always vote Republican? If you’re a registered Democrat, do you always vote Democrat?
I’m a registered Republican, but I vote issues. This year, I focused on social issues, so I voted Democrat.
Post # 3
I am registered Independent. I usually vote Democrat because of issues, but I want to keep my options open, and I don’t really agree with everything the Democrats do.
Post # 4
I will say other. The Issues that are important and directly affect my life are on the side of the party that I vote with.
Post # 5
I vote issues. I WISH I could vote for a republican, but as long as they are hijacked by the religious right and tea party, then the issues I care about will always be better served by the dems. Though actually, today I plan to vote the republican house candidate. Not because I like him/her (heck, I don’t even know who it is!). I just really don’t like our Dem incumbant, and know that he will win in a slam dunk, so the republican won’t win, and it will just be a protest vote (I would do research if the republican had a shadow of a chance, but there wasn’t even any campaigning, and honestly I may go into the booth to find that the incumbant ran unopposed).
Post # 6
@tksjewelry: “I will say other. The Issues that are important and directly affect my life are on the side of the party that I vote with.”
Agreed. I’m also not registered under a specific party. But I do almost always end up voting for the same party because the issues I care about and feel are most important direct me to that side.
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
99% of my votes have been for the party for which I’m registered, because they almost always align with my stances on the issues. However, I have crossed party lines for a couple state and local candidates in my 7 rounds of voting history.
Post # 8
I vote issues, as well as the individual candidate’s platform, track record and my faith in them. Today I voted for Democrat, Republican, Independant, and Statehood Green candidates, I voted for a write-in candidate for one of our local contests, and I voted on every one of our charter/local amendment questions.
People voting the party line/straight ticket voting is part of what has gotten the country into the political mess it’s currently in. You need to consider the candidate, and not the party, because some of these candidates are too extreme on their own and would never win office if they didn’t have the party affiliation.
Post # 9
I vote issues as well as candidate. I do find it difficult when I like one person for the riding, but a leader from a different party if I’m also split on issues. Often, that’s one particular party, but there’s been times when I skipped over the moderate candidate and voted on the (still mainstream) opposite side. I do find it difficult when I like one person for the riding, but a leader from a different party if I’m also split on issues.
Post # 10
I always vote for the party.
Post # 11
Used to vote party, realized my mistake. I also learned that “strategic” voting is nonsense that corrupts the democratic process, and the only “throwing my vote away” that I was doing was when I thought I was “strategically voting” for “the lesser evil,” not when I was casting my true vote. Oh well. you live, you learn.
Post # 12
I vote issues and by character. There are several people on the ballot this year who I know personally and really hate. I’m voting against them, even though they’re Democrats.
For federal elections, I have always voted Democrat.
Post # 13
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I ahve to say “Other” because I vote on both… since the two coincide. I am a Democrat because of party issues, but I would change parties if the issues lined up differently.
Post # 14
I vote on issues.
I’m not registered anything, but I usually vote republican. This election my views (therefore my vote) line up with an independent candidate.
Post # 15
I’ll be honest. I vote for my party. Every time. I would never vote for a candidate not in my party.
Post # 16
I always consider each candidate. I don’t consider myself to belong to a party.