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Ralph Nader Warns Californians: Vote NO on Proposition 14 — Stop the “Top Two” Tyranny

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Ralph Nader, who has run for president both as an independent and as a third-party candidate, today warned against the ballot proposition promoted by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“Californians need to defeat Proposition 14 or they will risk further entrenching the two-party system,” stated Nader.

Nader explained that he has campaigned for the need for “more voices and more choices” on the ballot, not fewer. He noted that Proposition 14:

Restricts voter choice by making it more difficult for a small or minor party to reach the general election ballot in November

Unfairly favors the two candidates who secure the most votes when most of the electorate is not engaged or participating in the electoral process

Stifles debate on a broad range of issues when most of the electorate is participating in the elections because candidates representing alternative platforms are shut out from the November ballot

Is unproven as a mechanism to solve two-party polarization

Discriminates against small parties trying to retain ballot access status because of current statewide requirements

Will operate to favor big money, celebrity or major party insiders, which may reflect why an abundance of commercial interests support Prop 14

Has historically reduced participation in the general election by non two-party candidates and enshrined incumbents in the two states with similar systems, Louisiana and Washington

Forces independent candidates to participate much earlier in the election cycle when fewer voters are participating and while there are months remaining for agendas and events to unfold

Bans the counting of all write-in candidates from the November ballot

Nader said that Californians could be stuck having only two Republicans or two Democrats or one of each on their ballot in November, precluding all other candidate choices.

“It is an incumbency protection plan that restricts choice and could eliminate minor parties,” continued Nader. “A competitive democracy requires more choices, new and better ideas, and fresh candidacies. Defend your right to more candidate choices on the November ballot. Vote NO on Prop 14.”

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  1. John R John R June 8, 2010

    Ah yes, the infamous Chevy Corvair. That funky piece of road junk. The only car that could do the Bossa Nova on dry pavement and the Watusi on wet.
    Best of luck to you Ralph and Christina. I certainly hope them thar folks in Californy are a payin’ attention and don’t get suckered in by voting for that sneaky Prop 14.
    Vote NO to Prop 14 Californy, vote NO !!!

  2. Ad this query —– if this is soooooooooooo important then why was not AD and Nader (flawed, but my personal hero) yelling and screaming weeks, no months, no YEARS ago?

  3. AD AD June 6, 2010

    Of course, Californians could beat the rest of America by simply establishing a ONE PARTY system of government.
    Ralph’s been there, as have the independent party members who supported him; here’s hoping Californians are listening and will vote down Prop 14!

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