The AP, via McPaper:

Consumer advocate Ralph Nader told the Green Party’s national convention that he is considering a 2008 presidential run and accused Democrats of trying to shut smaller parties out of the political process.

“No other country comes close to providing voters with such a small number of choices and making third party candidates hurdle an almost insuperable number of obstacles just to get on the ballot,” Nader, the Green Party’s 2000 presidential nominee, said Saturday.

You know, Nader is correct – Democrats (and the GOP) do try to shut smaller parties out of the political process. And our system does make it harder for third party candidates to run, and run successfully, for office. But it’s the system that is the problem; plurality voting often results in two dominant parties, with any other parties being far behind in influence. Change the system, and you suddenly grant smaller parties an opportunity to participate equally. Smaller parties have an ability to grow and win seats, as opposed to having disproportionate influence on election results as they do now.

I suggest IRV. And a free-as-in-speech open source voting platform (a move that John Edwards supports). Nader has supported eliminating plurality election systems in previous elections (it was a plank of his in 2004!), so why doesn’t he spend his time, money, and effort there, rather than running in an election he knows he can only act as a spoiler in?

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  • Run, Ralphie Boy, Run!

    I do agree that that structure we have in place now is more exclusive than inclusive.

    I have been against the closed primary voting we have in Ohio.

    Not that I can see myself doing it often, but why should people not be allowed to vote for who they feel will best represent them, regardless of party affiliation?

    To lock voters into voting for one party or another in the primaries IMO, is very undemocratic. If you are, or the party has, the best candidate running, an open primary should not be feared.

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