Open The Debates!
We the People demand all ballot-qualified candidates be included in the Presidential debates over the future of this nation. It is vital for our democracy, and our very liberty, to include all qualified candidates in presidential debates.
Started 2 petitions
Open the New Jersey gubernatorial debates to every candidate on the ballot!
The two-party system (and with it, American democracy) is broken. An admittedly bi-partisan commission, the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC), has organized three debates for the 2017 gubernatorial elections designed to exclude third party and independent challengers who will be on the ballot for New Jersey Governor and Lt. Governor. Co-sponsored by Montclair State University, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, William Paterson University, Rutgers University, NJTV, WNET, C-SPAN, WABC-TV, WPVI-TV, Univision NY & Philly, NJ Advance Media, NJBIZ, NJ Spotlight, El Diario, League of Women Voters NJ, Lead NJ, National Association of Latino Elected Officials, WCBS-TV, WKYW-TV, The Record, and other Gannett New Jersey newspapers, these debates represent a farcical exclusion of important ideas and voices. We, the People of New Jersey and of these United States, demand that all candidates who will be on the ballot in November be included in all three debates. We call upon all debate sponsors to publicly affirm this basic standard of democratic integrity.We also call upon the Democratic gubernatorial nominee Phil Murphy and the Republican gubernatorial nominee Kimberly Guadagno to publicly express their desire for third party and independent candidates to be included. #OpenTheNJGovDebates!
Include All Qualified Candidates in Presidential Debates
The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), the organization in charge of the presidential debates, has been keeping qualified candidates off the debate stage. Run by the Republican and Democratic parties, the CPD has set up rules making it almost impossible for third party candidates to be included in the debates. Americans deserve the ability to hear from everyone who will be on their ballot. As a coalition of individuals and organizations across the political spectrum, we are calling for the CPD to reform their rules. Starting in 2020, candidates who qualify on enough state ballots to possibly win the presidency should be invited to participate in the presidential debates. Currently, candidates must have 15% or higher in at least 5 national polls. Most national polls exclude third party candidates, making it impossible to achieve the required percentage of support. Even third party candidates getting taxpayer money for their campaigns and qualifying for Federal Election Committee matching funds are not being allowed to participate without the 15% threshold. Presidential debates have been critical in deciding who goes to the White House. They are watched by millions of Americans and give the public a closer look at the candidates. The presidential debates should not be dictated by any party. Now is the time to shake things up and give Americans the debates we deserve. Join us in calling on the CPD to allow all candidates who qualify on enough state ballots to possibly win the presidency to participate in the presidential debates. Please sign and share the petition now so we can get the debates we deserve in 2020. #OpenTheDebates!