Letter: Unfair to third parties
I voted for president this fall, as I usually do, but was disturbed to find two recent developments in the ballot presentation.
In American “democracy” we have come to accept the bullying of each party’s choice to head their own ticket. But on Election Day itself, all is supposed to be fair.
Such was not the case this fall, and in two respects.
The first is that all third parties that made the ballot (the Constitution and the Libertarian parties) were placed in one box, as opposed to having a box for themselves, as was done for the major parties.
The second is that not enough third parties made the ballot. In the past elections, there were long rows of people and parties running for president, if I recollect correctly. And what of the Green Party? It was not on the ballot! (I voted for Ralph Nadar in 2004, and he was on the ballot then.)
Those parties that fulfilled requirements to make the ballot should have been given their own “box” (row, or column as the case may be). But further, the requirements themselves maybe far too stringent.
What are the major parties afraid of? Someone garnering enough votes so as to flip an important state as Florida?
JOHN G. LEWIS