Its not very often that I can say I disagree with both Steve Shine and Kevin Knuth.
Today's Political Notebook by Nikki Kelly and Ben Lanka started off discussing the availability of straight-ticket voting this fall. A conservative talk host out of Indy thought that the practice isn't neccessarily a good idea. He thinks voters should have to at least look at the ballot.
Steve Shine disagreed and was quoted as saying "There are people who believe in the principles of one political party or the other. To not have the ability would be disadvantageous to the Allen County Republican Party."
Knuth concurred with Shine on the availability of straight-ticket voting.
I can't completely disagree with either men because their views are based on the viewpoint of their position as party leaders. But what is advantageous to the Republican and Democratic parties is not necessarily as advantageous to the welfare of the public. Voting should be done with care and great thought rather than haste and habit.
I also question Steve Shine's "principles" statement. There are many voters who do believe in the principles of a particular party. The question is whether or not the candidates in the party for which these people are voting for believe in those same principles.