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Bargaining Power for Minority Parties

Minority party candidates have no chance of being elected in this two-party electotal system because the Republican and Democratic parties have a stranglehold on the electoral system. But does it need to be this way. Absolutely not.
Minority party candidates have no chance of being elected in our present two-party electoral system because together the Republican and Democratic parties have a hammerlock on the electoral system. Thus minority parties are totally left out in the cold. But does it need to be this way? No, absolutely not.

What is needed is a constitutional amendement that requires a candidate to secure a majority of votes before being declared a winner for an elective office. In case a candidate does not gain a majority of votes, elected candidates from all parties would then elect the winner in a caucus.

For example, let us say that there are two major parties and three minor parties. Let us also suppose that neither of the two candidates in the major parties receives a majority of the votes. In this case, there would be no declared winner. So how do we resolve who wins under such circumstances?

In this case, all elected candidates from the five parties would go into a caucus to decide who should be the winner. In the caucus, each candidate would represent as many votes as he or she received in the election. The major party candidates would then need to listen to the minor party candidates and bargain with them for their represented votes. The candidate with the majority of the represented votes would then be declared the winner.

If such a system were in place, the voters would not feel forced to vote for the lesser of two evils. Instead, they would vote for the best man or woman and at the same time add strength and influence to their favorite party.

Please email me at  Hedvall@aol.com if you feel this idea has merit. If I receive a significant number of emails, I will then draw up and arrange to circulate a petition for the purpose of bringing this measure before the voters at the next election.

Thank you.
Questions / comments 21.Nov.2006 10:28

Scott

I'm not sure what you mean by "elected candidates." Once a person is elected s/he is no longer a candidate - right?

Are you talking about representatives who were elected in the previous election - who have experience? Are you talking about the pool of candidates from whom there was no majority winner?

It all seems rather complicated. I like instant runoff voting better.

 http://www.instantrunoff.com/
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Instant-runoff_voting
 http://www.fairvote.org/irv/