Utah is one of only 15 states that allow people to vote a straight ticket, meaning that they can choose a single party's entire slate of candidates by making a single mark on the ballot. Or, in the age of digital voting machines, by touching a single icon on the screen. Other states have abandoned the straight-party option as an anachronism. Utah should, too.
Voting a straight ticket is the lazy way to exercise the right to vote. If a voter must work through the entire ballot, office by office, he or she might discover a name or remember something that would inform his or her choice. If voters knew that a straight-party option was not available, they might spend a bit more time preparing before they go to the polls or fill out a mail-in ballot.
People who defend the straight ticket sometimes argue that it gives them confidence they are voting for candidates who share their political views and ideology. That, after all, is what parties are for.