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Fresh ideas will never get a chance

May 1, 2010 Comments off

I was reading this particular posting about ballot access laws in the nation. What stood out for me were a couple of things. First was the fact that Georgia has some of the most restrictive ballot access laws in the nation. Basically you must get 1% of the registered voters to sign a petition for you to get on the ballot in Georgia. Unless of course you are a Democrat or a Republican. Take a gander at who made these laws and the courts that continually uphold them; Democrats and Republicans. I raise this point because as a voter, I am tired of the either or options. It is always liberal Democrat or conservative Republican as the choices I have when I go to the polls. It would be nice to have a choice from a person who believes in lower taxes, and a moderate welfare system meant to help those who truly need it. A candidate can be for abortion, and a strong military. There are voters out there who have a variety of beliefs that are not always consistently on one side or another. We need candidates who are like the voters. We need candidates that don’t think and Oath of Loyalty to a party idea makes you a better candidate. The other thing that stood out was democracy angle. In a democracy people have the opportunity to voice their opinions and dislikes. In our representative democracy, we give that voice to our elected officials. When you have only two options to choose from, you are not voicing your opposition or dislikes, you are basically being asked to choose the lesser of two evils. If they wanted the system to be fair, they would allow any citizen who can fork over a modest amount of cash get on the ballot. And any party that registers with the Secretary of State would be allowed to have his or her candidate on the ballot. This will not completely fix the two party monopoly, but it would be a good place to start.

Check out the ballot access article here