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Must Read: 5 Ways U.S. Democracy Is More Rigged Than You Think

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Must Read: 5 Ways U.S. Democracy Is More Rigged Than You Think
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Wonder why you don't have 3rd parties on the ballot in your state??

"That's because, along with everything else, the current two parties in the USA are also in charge of setting the rules for ballot access for third parties. .... Take Carl Romanelli of Pennsylvania. He wanted to run for a congressional seat as a member of the Green Party. Under the rules enforced by the major parties, Republicans and Democrats needed 2,000 signatures to attain ballot access and be allowed into the election. Romanelli, on the other hand, was cheerfully informed he would need slightly more. How slightly? Try 67,000. Shockingly, he didn't make it.
He submitted 100,000 signatures. Democrats successfully challenged 42 percent of them.

Meanwhile, in Georgia, a third-party candidate must attain 5 percent of all registered voters' signatures just to be allowed to run. Although that might not sound like a lot, if a third party wants to run for, say, governor, that's approximately 250,000 signatures. As a result, a grand total of zero third-party candidates have managed to make it on the ballot for the House of Representatives since the law was changed to its current form in 1943.

However, the taker of the "Fuck you, third parties" cake is without a doubt Oklahoma, a state that doesn't even bother listing third-party presidential candidates. Why would they? They've already got all the candidates they need, sonny boy."

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11/14/2013 10:18 AM
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Re: Must Read: 5 Ways U.S. Democracy Is More Rigged Than You Think
Third party is a waste and a tool for manipulation by the dems.
That's the way it works now.
Most of you are too stupid to comprehend that if you dont get more than a few percent in a primary as a third party, you are just wasting other peoples times.

You cant point to a single decent 3rd party result, almost all are created and funded by Dems to fk with conservative candidates.

The primary is where you vote your conscience, the general is where you vote reality.
Most of you fail to understand that in the general nobody cares who came in 2nd, 3rd, etc except to laugh at them as fools.

You want to change your party, you do it from the inside, not from the ballot box.
Nobody listens to losers.