Yes, there are some binary choices (at least in a practical sense), but single issue voting allows an admitably important issue to override all other issues however import ant to a lesser degree.Siloam,
Ok, that was well stated, articulate, and a better take than my position. However; could you not say that your comment "... when the other side offers a solution that may not be to our specifications, but finds an alternate way of addressing concerns." is, in fact, finding a way towards the middle?
I do grant; however, that there are issues which really do not have a common point that is found in the middle. Off hand, I am thinking of something like abortion. This is a right or left position, with no equitable position in the middle (I think).
Without claiming that this in fact the case, there could be an instance where voting for one person may promote the desired goal but be against many issues of strong but individually lesser importance.
Again, it is important to use ones vote with caution after considering many aspects.
And if ones brother searches his heart and comes down on the opposite side it dows not necessarily mean he does not serve the same Lord. He may weight the various issues differently.