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Can republicans/democrats get any lower?

Similarly, a USA Today/Gallup poll released at about the same time as the Times survey found that only one-third of voters say the two parties do an adequate job of representing the American people. Indeed, a solid majority of liberals, moderates, and conservatives in that survey all said a third major party is needed, as did three-quarters of independents.

But the two parties, who agree on nothing else, have shut the door on the possibility by setting up a nominating process with a series of ballot access rules and tests that make it virtually impossible for anyone to run as an independent without joining the Democratic or Republican Party.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/03/04/bring-on-a-third-party-for-the-2012-presidential-election.html

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CHarlan

Asked by CHarlan at 12:28 PM on Jun. 29, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • ballot access rules and tests that make it virtually impossible for anyone to run as an independent without joining the Democratic or Republican Party.


     


    This NEEDS to change!  As well as the 'closed' primary system that occurs in many states.

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:34 PM on Jun. 29, 2011

  • I'm sure they can get lower. And as much as American's state they'd like a 3rd party, when it comes to elections they most often vote for major party candidates. The only way to get a viable third party in this country is to provide them with enough votes to qualify for public funding.
    miss_lisa

    Answer by miss_lisa at 12:35 PM on Jun. 29, 2011

  • Yes they can. I'm tired of politicians and politics. They seem to be doing more harm than good in this country, no matter the political affiliation.
    Izsarejman

    Answer by Izsarejman at 12:48 PM on Jun. 29, 2011

  • Taking money= becoming a puppet and owing favors= corruption and destruction.

    Sisteract

    Answer by Sisteract at 1:01 PM on Jun. 29, 2011

  • Everyone is so pessimistic and down......are you ALL having PMS or menopause or what???
    We still have a better system here than in most other countries.
    lighten up!
    minnesotanice

    Answer by minnesotanice at 1:02 PM on Jun. 29, 2011

  • Yes miss lisa 5%. And most presidential candidates of recent opt out of the PCEF in favor of private funds. "Most people" that want a third party don't vote for the replublicrats.

    Along with the Democratic and Republican parties, three other parties nominated candidates with ballot access in enough states to win the minimum 270 electoral votes needed to win the election. These were the Constitution Party, the Green Party, and the Libertarian Party. In addition, independent candidate Ralph Nader ran his own campaign.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_2008
    CHarlan

    Comment by CHarlan (original poster) at 1:12 PM on Jun. 29, 2011

  • I realize that PCEF funds are no longer a major play for most major party candidates, but qualifying for public funding would be a MAJOR step in the right direction for third parties.

    It when they accept money from other sources that they become more corrupt as they owe more people more favors.
    miss_lisa

    Answer by miss_lisa at 1:27 PM on Jun. 29, 2011

  • A third party is a real threat to the status quo! They will go to great lengths to protect it.

    A lot of people won't vote for a third party because it can sway the election the wrong way..instead they vote for the lesser of 2 evils. A lot of people are registered with a party they don't align with because only 2 parties are represented in the primaries. I am one of these people. If we had a real third party I think people would be shocked at the votes they would receive.
    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 1:33 PM on Jun. 29, 2011

  • But the two parties, who agree on nothing else, have shut the door on the possibility by setting up a nominating process with a series of ballot access rules and tests that make it virtually impossible for anyone to run as an independent without joining the Democratic or Republican Party.


    Our winner-take-all system makes me crazy. The more i learned about how other countries held elections the more disconnected i realized voters actually are from those for whom they are voting. A plural voting system would give people a lot more choices and add a lot of candidates to the mix. It would also force poilticians to be held accountable to voters rather than donors.

    UpSheRises

    Answer by UpSheRises at 1:37 PM on Jun. 29, 2011

  • A lot of people won't vote for a third party because it can sway the election the wrong way..instead they vote for the lesser of 2 evils. A lot of people are registered with a party they don't align with because only 2 parties are represented in the primaries. I am one of these people. If we had a real third party I think people would be shocked at the votes they would receive.

    ******

    You do realize that by voting for the lesser of 2 evils you continue to make a 3rd party less viable in the US? You're working against yourself...
    miss_lisa

    Answer by miss_lisa at 1:50 PM on Jun. 29, 2011

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