US voters: you have more than 2 choices!

US voters: you have more than 2 choices!

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Open The Debates! started this petition to U.S. Voters

Very solid majorities of U.S. voters have been expressing strong desires for opening up our political system to more voices and better choices:

  • 76% want to see all ballot-qualified candidates included in presidential debates.
  • 71% of millennials & 68% of all voters want at least third major party
  • 65% want to make it easier for third party & independent candidates to win office.
  • As of September 2020, 40% of voters are politically independent, compared to 30% Democrat and 29% Republican. 

At the same time, there are exactly two third party candidates who have made it through the byzantine ballot access barriers created by the two-party duopoly itself to secure ballot placement in enough states to win the election.

One of them, the Libertarian Party nominee Jo Jorgensen, will appear on the ballot in all 50 states and DC. The Green Party nominee, Howie Hawkins, will appear on 30 ballots with a total of 381 electoral votes.

Yet the Commission on Presidential Debates, an official-sounding organization created by the Democratic and Republican Parties in 1987 to take control of presidential debates away from the nonpartisan League of Women Voters, has done everything in its power to shut out independent competition.

The self-serving media establishment, in full collusion with the two parties in power, never holds the CPD accountable to its mission working "for the benefit of the American electorate" while ignoring the clear preference of that electorate for more inclusive debates. The CPD's exclusionary criteria, on the other hand, give media companies all the license they need to outright ignore half of the ballot-qualified candidates. This results, by design, in a dramatically skewed playing field with billions of dollars of free media exposure for the duopoly candidates. Instead of challenging this as an illegal campaign contribution to the two duopoly candidates, the FEC protects the duopoly's debate commission and fights off third party court challenges.

None of this is OK, but they get away with it because virtually nobody knows it's happening in the first place.

It's time for US voters to learn about this con job.

It's time for US voters to learn they have more choices on enough ballots to win the election.

It's time to force open the debate and the national political conversation to more voices, viewpoints, and visions.

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