We have one mucked up election system which affords way too much power to a two Political Party System. The system almost worked in the days when each Party stood for something – the Democrats standing with the working man and woman while the Republicans stood for the wealthy class and to protect the status quo. The Democrats evolved into the Party of the Professional Class and workers and their unions and their guaranteed minimum wages were left behind. The Republicans fought against the evolution so many of them broke off into a sub Party, the Tea Party.
When one adds Independents to the Third Party total almost 50% of the eligible voters cannot take place in our Primary System. As dissatisfaction with our Political Party System continues to grow we have not found a way to modify the manner in which we elect a President.
“The share of independents in the public, which long ago surpassed the percentages of either Democrats or Republicans, continues to increase. Based on 2014 data, 39% identify as independents, 32% as Democrats and 23% as Republicans. This is the highest percentage of independents in more than 75 years of public opinion polling.” http://www.people-press.org/2015/04/07/a-deep-dive-into-party-affiliation/
Both major Parties ceased being dynamic. And a few offshoots developed. Unfortunately the way we hold elections guarantees miniscule exposure of any Party except for the major two. The fact that many of our states do not allow any of the smaller Parties to share in our Primary system guarantees the4ir lack of publicity by the media.
“The modern political party system in the U.S. is a two-party system dominated by the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. These two parties have won every United States presidential election since 1852 and have controlled the United States Congress to some extent since at least 1856.”
“The Libertarian Party was founded on December 11, 1971. It is one of the largest continuing third parties in the United States, claiming more than 331,000 registered voters across all 50 states. They currently have about 144 elected officials, more than any of the other minor parties.”
“The 2012 Libertarian Party nominee for United States President was former New Mexico governor, Gary Johnson. He achieved ballot access in every state except for Michigan (only as a write-in candidate) and Oklahoma. He received over one million votes in the election, the highest for any candidate since the founding of the party in 1971.”
“The Libertarian Party’s core mission is to reduce the size, influence and expenditures of all levels of government. To this effect, the party supports minimally regulated markets, a less powerful federal government, strong civil liberties, drug liberalization, separation of church and state, open immigration, non-interventionism and neutrality in diplomatic relations, free trade and free movement to all foreign countries, and a more representative republic.”
“In the United States, the Green Party has been active as a third party since the 1980s. The party first gained widespread public attention during Ralph Nader‘s second presidential run in 2000. Currently, the primary national Green Party organization in the U.S. is the Green Party of the United States, which has eclipsed the earlier Greens/Green Party USA.”
“The Green Party in the United States has won elected office mostly at the local level; most winners of public office in the United States who are considered Greens have won nonpartisan-ballot elections (that is, elections in which the candidates’ party affiliations were not printed on the ballot). In 2005, the Party had 305,000 registered members in the District of Columbia and 20 states that allow party registration. During the 2006 elections the party had ballot access in 31 states.”
“The Constitution Party is a national political party in the United States. It was founded as the U.S. Taxpayers Party in 1992. The party’s official name was changed to the Constitution Party in 1999; however, some state affiliate parties are known under different names.”
“The Constitution Party advocates a platform that they believe reflects the Founding Fathers‘ original intent of the U.S. Constitution, principles found in the U.S. Declaration of Independence, and morals taken from the Bible.”
“Some political candidates, and many voters, choose not to identify with a particular political party. In some states, independents are not allowed to vote in primary elections, but in others, they can vote in any primary election of their choice. Independents can be of any political persuasion, but the term most commonly refers to politicians or voters who hold centrist views that incorporate facets of both Democratic and Republican ideology. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_parties_in_the_United_States
“These independent voters get to vote in the general elections like anyone else, but by the time we get to that general election in November, the two dominant political parties have already elected their nominee, and, therefore, US citizens at large have to vote for one of these preselected nominees if they want their vote to have a role in who their next president will be.”
“This entirely undemocratic, arcane, draconian, and ipso facto rigged aspect of the US electoral system came to a crucial dead-end during the New York primaries of the Democratic and Republican parties on April 19, when Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump won their respective primaries.”
“only 19.7 percent of eligible New Yorkers cast a ballot, the second-lowest voter turnout among primary states after Louisiana, according to elections expert Michael McDonald”.
“The issue is the fact that less than 20 percent of eligible voters in a statewide election get to choose who the next presidential candidates in the US national elections.”
“If, as a citizen, you followed the debates closely and came to the conclusion that Sanders is the candidate of your choice and not Clinton, you would not be allowed to vote for him unless months ago (long before you were familiar with Sanders or his ideas), you had applied to the Democratic Party and become a member.” http://www.rawstory.com/2016/04/americas-democracy-is-rigged-against-independent-voters/