So just five days before the election, this seems like a good time to talk about this, right? Well maybe if this were the primaries and we could actually vote for a candidate who wants to change the way we handle elections, which most likely wont come from the two major parties. From our early education, we are taught that “third-parties” have cost people who could have been great leaders the election, but the system “forgets” that the President that “freed the slaves” was a third-party candidate, and the first Republican President. So what really does our system do?
When we look at how our elected officials get voted on, we see a process that has its benefits and its weaknesses. But to understand those, we need to understand how the system actually works. So the first thing to do is decide if you want to run, and if as a party candidate, or an independent candidate. The next step is to then petition to run for the primary election if as a party candidate, and then for the general election if an independent. Now in my state of Ohio, this petitioning system makes actually little sense to what is behind it. A major party candidate, i.e the Republican and Democratic candidates, only need 50 signatures for a State Representative and US Representative position which is on the ballot in the whole county. While the same for a candidate with a minor party that is recognized by the state, needs 25 signatures, which makes sense. Now quick note, The Libertarian Party of Ohio, who has chapters in 26 of our largest counties, is not recognized as a minor party and is currently in a law suit with the state to get instated as a minor party. But getting back on topic, the real unfair part comes with the independent candidates. In counties and districts with voting numbers under 5,000, they must get a petition of either 25 people or 5% of the voting numbers whichever is lower. now that is fine, but what independent is going to run in a low voting county of such. But in places where the voting numbers are over 5,000, an independent must have 1% of the total numbers. So for my county that would be about 55 signatures, but in larger counties of Ohio, like Cuyahoga county, an independent candidate needs a total 3,505 signatures to have run for this election. A whole 3,455 more signatures than people of major parties, now that doesn’t sound fair to me.
Now I could tell you that this is all some great conspiracy by a shadow government to make sure that only the people they want in power are able to reach it, but that sounds very strange so I won’t say that. I will say that this was a plan put in by members of the Republican and Democrat parties and has passed through to continue to give power to the parties, and “benefit” the parties, so they can “benefit” the people in their own ways.
If you believe this party system is great, then you have nothing to worry about. (*Joke* And keep living in your statist ways.) But if you believe this party system is terrible, and it is very noticeable with the current presidential race, then contact me. Lets start something that our “Millennial” generation can grab a hold to and carry on to fix the system that we see is broke. Lets get it done.
“There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.”
~ John Adams