(Closed) Do you vote party or issues?

posted 5 years ago in Legal
  • poll: How do you vote?
    Always vote the party I'm registered with : (15 votes)
    15 %
    Vote issues, not party : (80 votes)
    79 %
    Other (please explain) : (6 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
    9917 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    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
    14498 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    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
    963 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    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
    13099 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    @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
    9216 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • 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
    3886 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    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
    10565 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    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
    5065 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I always vote for the party.

    Post # 11
    6360 posts
    Bee Keeper

    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
    901 posts
    Busy bee

    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
    7904 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • 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
    1815 posts
    Buzzing bee

    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
    557 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I’ll be honest. I vote for my party. Every time. I would never vote for a candidate not in my party.

    Post # 16
    7771 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I always consider each candidate.  I don’t consider myself to belong to a party.


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