Letters to the Editor

Straight ticket voting has long been a problem in S.C.

It was amusing to read in The Sun News there’s suddenly a big concern over straight party ticket voting (“Petition candidates worry about being lost in straight party tickets,” Oct. 16). For years, progress in South Carolina has been held back by unqualified representation and poor leadership, simply because too many lazy voters make choices based on nothing more than the candidate’s political party. Far too many S.C. lawmakers need not be concerned with accomplishing anything worthwhile or with acting in the best interest of the state, knowing full well they will be re-elected as long as they don’t mess with that all-important letter behind their name. As recently as 2010, straight party voting was responsible for depriving state House District 108 of any meaningful adult representation in Columbia.

All of that is old news. Now, a bunch of Republicans find themselves bumping into the hazards of straight party voting, and immediately it’s front page news, with urgent changes needed. Spare me the drama.

Winston Churchill is quoted as saying “The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” With a 50 percent rate of straight party voting, we would have been the perfect poster child for that statement.

The writer lives in Pawleys Island.

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