Open The Debates!
We the People demand all ballot-qualified candidates be included in the political debates over our future. It is vital for our democracy, and our very liberty, to include every candidate who made it onto the ballot in the debates for that office.
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Lincoln Forum & Fox 32 Chicago: Open the Chicago Mayoral Debates!
There are 14 candidates on the February 26 ballot for Chicago Mayor. But Fox 32 News, The Lincoln Forum, and the Union League Club of Chicago are limiting their February 7 mayoral debate to the top five candidates. It's time to make it clear to that nobody appointed these institutions as gatekeepers to the powerful position of Chicago Mayor. The people of Chicago have a right to hear from ALL of their choices. The people of Chicago demand open debates, and we won't stand for anything less.
Tell Cuomo to Debate #MakeCuomoDebate
After dodging debates for months, Andrew Cuomo, the “Democratic” New York Governor, coordinated a single gubernatorial debate with his Republican opponent and excluded the Libertarian, Green, and independent candidates on the ballot. Despite calls for an “Upstate Debate”, and the League of Women Voters of New York State organizing an inclusive debate in Albany for November 1st, Governor Cuomo has not accepted the invitation to debate his four actual opponents on the ballot. It is now up to the voters of New York to call on Governor Cuomo to do the right thing and show up for this important debate. While he may have a strong lead in the polls, if enough people express their outrage at his apparent disdain for the democratic process, he might be forced to change his mind. At a time when voters are sick of all the corruption and disillusioned by the two-party duopoly, it’s important that the media provide fair coverage to the exciting third party and independent campaigns that are advancing solutions to status quo politics. Tell Governor Cuomo to show some respect to New York voters and to the League of Women Voters of New York State, which is trying to thoroughly inform the electorate about ALL their choices.
CBS: Give equal time to Howie Hawkins, Stephanie Miner & Larry Sharpe #OpenTheNYgovDebates
In a sign of great contempt for New York voters, CBS New York and WCBS Newsradio 880 gave free airtime to "Democratic" Governor Andrew Cuomo and his Republican challenger Marc Molinaro. They called it a gubernatorial debate, but it was a staged press conference for the duopoly -- deliberately excluding 3 of the 5 candidates on the ballot for New York Governor. At a time when 76% of voters want #OpenDebates, 68% of Americans want a third major political party, and 44% of voters identify as independent, it is simply inexcusable to shut the one independent and two third party candidates out of the debates. This is yet another example of #DebateExclusionCollusion, where media companies and the two duopoly parties work together to protect the status quo, despite record voter disgust. This is a particularly egregious insult when there are such exciting independent options on the ballot like Libertarian Party candidate Larry Sharpe, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins, and independent candidate Stephanie Miner. Now that this debate has aired, it amounts to an enormous campaign contribution to the duopoly campaigns. Tell CBS to take its fingers off the scales and give equal time to every candidate on the ballot for New York Governor. #OpenTheNYgovDebates! #OpenALLtheDebates!
Open the Iowa gubernatorial debates to all candidates on the ballot! #OpenTheIAgovDebates!
The two-party system is broken. Yet the institutions that play a role in shaping our elections continue to do everything in their power to preserve a dysfunctional and corrupt two-party duopoly. With two independent voices on the ballot for Iowa Governor this November, and public disgust with status quo politics, it is more important than ever to hear from more voices and more choices. A record 68% of voters say that the Democrats and Republicans have done such a poor job that we need a third party. The Libertarian Party of Iowa just received major party status due to their performance in the 2016 Presidential Election. Their candidate for Governor, Jake Porter, has every right to be included in all general election debates. So does independent candidate Gary Siegwarth, who secured ballot access. But the duopoly candidates -- Republican Governor Kim Reyolds and Democratic nominee Fred Hubbell -- agreed to participate in three exclusionary debates hosted by Iowa media organizations. The voters of Iowa -- 37% of whom are independent (compared with 32% Republican and 31% Democrat) -- deserve to hear from all FOUR candidates on the ballot for Iowa governor. Please sign and share this petition to the Des Moines Register, KCCI, KTIV, CBS, KTTC, KWWL, Quincy Media, NBC, KCRG, KWQC, the Quad City Times, and the duopoly candidates themselves -- Governor Reynolds and Fred Hubbell -- asking them to open up the October 10th, 17th & 21st Iowa gubernatorial debates to the Libertarian Party candidate Jake Porter and independent candidate Gary Siegwarth. Tell them it’s not OK for them to exclude half the field, especially at this critical time for our republic. We, the voters of Iowa, deserve to hear from all of our choices. #OpenTheIAgovDebates!
Open the Ohio gubernatorial debates to all candidates on the ballot! #OpenTheOHgovDebates!
The two-party system is broken. Record numbers of Americans -- Now 68%! -- say that the two major parties have done such a poor job that we need a third party. That number rises to over 71% for millennials. That is why it is so important for the institutions that play a role in shaping our elections to rethink and reimagine how they might support a healthier, more vibrant democracy. That is why it is sickening that a public university like Cleveland State University, and a civic-minded coalition like the Ohio Debates Commission could host the third and final gubernatorial debate on October 8th and exclude the two third party candidates that have secured ballot access in November. Luckily there is still time to correct this oversight. But they’re not going to do it without pressure. Please sign and share this petition to the Ohio Debates Commission, Cleveland State University, the City Club of Cleveland, and the duopoly candidates themselves -- Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray -- asking them to open up the Ohio gubernatorial debates to the Libertarian Party candidate Travis Irvine and Green Party candidate Constance Gadell-Newton. Tell them it’s not OK for them to exclude half the field, especially at this critical time for our republic. We, the voters of Ohio, deserve to hear from all of our choices. #OpenTheOHgovDebates!
It’s time to declare our political independence! #DeclareYourIndependence #OpenTheDebates
From the Stamp Act in 1765 to the Tea Act in 1773, and ultimately the shots fired in Lexington in 1775 and the ensuing Revolutionary War, the American people have resisted the vile concept of taxation without representation. Yet with just two independent Senators in the Senate and zero independent or third party Representatives in the House, there is a large and growing segment of the population that is only minimally represented in the major legislative bodies of our federal government. The picture in state legislatures is only slightly less grim -- there are a total of 42 independent and third party legislators out of 7,383, or 0.6% compared with 0.4% in Congress. We are at a crisis point in American democracy. The way we get out of this mess is to view our votes differently, to recognize all of our options, and to step out of the partisan box. The second we start to even consider all of our options, the blinders come off and we can see our own agency to change what’s broken. We can start to demand more from the candidates who have been taking our votes for granted. We can advocate more effectively for reforms like Ranked Choice Voting and Open Debates that are so clearly beneficial to our system of self-governance. If we declare our political independence, we recapture the theoretical power of our votes and our voices. If they can’t take our votes for granted, after all, they actually have to start listening to us. It’s time to declare our independence and send a clear message to ALL politicians that time is up for the two-party duopoly: Sign this petition to #DeclareYourIndependence & be counted Register independent if your state allows it Let it be known that you will no longer support duopoly candidates who don’t publicly pledge to support #RankedChoiceVoting & #OpenDebates Share the petition & the badge to spread the word
#OpenTheDebates! 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!