Competing Visions Not Just Referendums: Why America Needs a System for More than Two Parties – Part 2

By: Wednesday September 14, 2011 10:26 am

In the United States and most democracies, voters don’t primarily use elections to choose between competing ideologies or plans. First and foremost, voters use the ballot to depose those they think failed to govern efficiently. Elections are often a referendum on the party in power. This makes sense. Whether are not you share the general [...]

34% Think Two-Party System is Seriously Broken

By: Tuesday September 6, 2011 3:16 pm

The number of Americans who think our two party system is seriously broken has edged up slightly to 34 percent, a new high in the Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll. From the Poll: With the right-track wrong-track numbers the highest they’ve been since 2008, extreme gridlock the new norm in Washington, and disapproval of Congress [...]

If You Want More Bipartisanship, Promote More Political Parties

By: Monday May 30, 2011 8:45 am

If you look at the current government in the UK, you will see an almost unprecedented level of bipartisanship in the recent history of the country. The Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats have been working together extremely closely. What is the cause of this outbreak of bipartisanship? The answer is simple, the UK has [...]

Majorities from Every Political Ideology Want a Third Party Option

By: Tuesday May 10, 2011 11:09 am

Overall, 52 percent of Americans would like to add a third major political party, while only 40 percent feel Democrats and Republicans do an adequate job representing the American people, according to the latest Gallup poll. The interesting finding of this poll is that it found across the political spectrum, liberals, moderates and conservatives, all [...]

Referendum on Alternative Voting Defeated in the UK

By: Friday May 6, 2011 7:30 pm

This week, voters in the United Kingdom went to the polls and decided strongly against a referendum on switching federal elections to alternative voting, or “AV,” also known as “instant-runoff voting” (IRV). From the BBC: UK voters have rejected a change to the voting system, a blow to Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg after heavy [...]

“Promote a Spoiler” Strategy Will Continue Until We Adopt a Better Election System

By: Wednesday October 27, 2010 7:29 pm

The unfortunate consequence of a broken election system that discourages greater choice is that it can result in the election of individuals who don’t best represent the will of the voters. Politico is reporting that Democrats are banking on conservative third-party candidates on the ballot to help them win plurality victories. With just six days [...]

FL Sen: Race Shows Difficulty for Third Party, Despite Voters Wanting That Option

By: Saturday October 16, 2010 9:15 am

The Hill just became the most recent news outlet to find, through polling, that most voters want a viable third party as an alternative to the Republicans and Democrats. Their poll found that 54 percent of likely voters in 10 swing districts think there should be a third party. Their results mirror national polling from [...]

MA Gov: Independent Tim Cahill’s Running Mate Defects

By: Friday October 1, 2010 5:36 pm

In the Massachusetts governor’s race, Independent candidate Tim Cahill’s running mate, Paul Loscocco, has withdrawn from the race and endorsed Republican Charlie Baker. Defection by one’s own running mate is rarely seen as good news for a campaign. From the Boston Herald: “I cannot sit idly by as my friends and supporters cast their votes [...]

FL Sen: Rubio Holds Huge Lead as Crist and Meek Split Dem Vote

By: Thursday September 30, 2010 5:53 pm

Republican Marco Rubio now has a huge lead in the Florida Senate race against Democrat Kendrick Meek and former Republican, now Independent, Charlie Crist, according to the latest poll of likely voters from Quinnipiac. Quinnipiac (9/23-28) Marco Rubio (R) 46 Charlie Crist (I) 33 Kendrick Meek (D) 18 Quinnipiac is projecting high Republican base turnout [...]

Large Majority of Americans Thinks Country Needs Viable Third Party

By: Monday September 20, 2010 1:03 pm

A large majority of Americans, 58 percent, believe that the country needs a third major party to adequately represent the American people, according to a new Gallup poll. Only 35 percent think the Democratic and Republican Parties do an adequate job representing the electorate. The desire for a third party is high because currently both [...]

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