The majority of West Virginia's 55 county clerks would be in favor of getting rid of straight ticket voting.
That's according to Jan Pest, president of the West Virginia County Clerks Association and the county clerk for Marshall County.
Pest agrees that straight ticket voting is fundamentally undemocratic.
"You are just voting party and not really making choices based on the candidates' qualifications," Pest said. "You don't care about the person who is elected. It's just the party and that's not always a good thing, especially in local elections."
Pest says that another reason to get rid of it is that there is evidence that the majority of voters who push the straight ticket button don't understand what it means.
How do we know?
"Even if you vote straight ticket, you can split your vote -- you can continue to vote in individual races," Pest said. "After voters vote straight ticket, most of them go down the ballot and then vote in almost all individual races -- as if they didn't understand what a straight ticket vote means."
"Maybe the younger voters think they are being asked -- what party are you registered with?" she said.
People are fed up with both political parties.
A recent survey by Transparency International found that fully 76 percent of Americans believe the political parties are "corrupt or extremely corrupt" -- compared to Congress (61 percent), the media (58 percent), business (53 percent), and the Judiciary (42 percent.)
West Virginia needs to join the 35 states that have concluded that straight ticket voting is fundamentally undemocratic and leads to knee-jerk voting.
It's time for West Virginia's political establishment to listen to the county clerks, join the majority of states, and do the right thing.
Get rid of straight ticket voting in West Virginia.
Mokhiber, of Berkeley Springs, is editor of morgancountyusa.org.