Annapolis columnist explains how third parties are marginalized in MD

From the Annapolis Capital (read the full piece here):

If you want to have a third party in Maryland politics, here’s the deal.

You’ll be excluded from public forums. Major candidates will refuse to debate you. The media will all but ignore you.

If, as a result, you don’t garner 1 percent of voter registration or get 1 percent of the vote for governor – the standard for officially recognized political parties – you’ll be dissolved.

You can gather 10,000 signatures on a petition to remain active. But even if you do, hypertechnical interpretations by the State Board of Elections will probably throw out the majority of the signatures.

Sound fair?

6 thoughts on “Annapolis columnist explains how third parties are marginalized in MD

  1. Hayden

    I am a registered Republican but I was disgusted when the State BOE threw out the vast number of signatures for the Greens and Libertarians denying them official party status.

    If competition in business is good (as so many politicians preach) how can competition in politics be bad? I think a good, vigorous debate of ideas and issues can only be a good thing.

  2. D. Lou Shenol

    Well put, Hayden !

    “One party has totally dominated American politics for at least a century: the Socialist War Party. No matter who wins the elections, America gets endless socialism and endless war.” Doug Newman.

    What the Election officials did is CRIMINAL, but it is bothersome that the LP and/or GP didn’t receive 1% of the votes for Gov. or is unable to register 1% of voters in their column ! Sad, sad, sad ! These LP POTUS candidates need to do a lot of Radio interviews in MD and STIR things up and get some folkes moving in the Libertarian direction !

    “300 million Americans have 2 choices for president? Can you imagine having 2 colors to pick for your car? Red or Blue. No silver, or black w/ chrome rims. No racing yellow or hunter green. Nope – 2 colors, red or blue. The 2 party system has failed us. Our corrupt corporate propaganda media has failed us. You cannot? give 300 million people 2 choices & expect change. They feign fighting on TV while they sleep together at night. We need a 3rd, 4th, 5th choice to fairly represent us” -shwantz2 on youtube

    If only 200 million would WAKEUP like shwantz2 !

    Explaining the left-right paradigm to a co worker!: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Kw7j4lbDB4

    “The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can throw the rascals out at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy. Then it should be possible to replace it, every four years if necessary, by the other party, which will be none of these things but will still pursue, with new vigor, approximately the same basic policies.” – Carroll Quigley-(Bill Clinton said Quigley was his mentor during 1993 Inaugural Address), speaking of the (CFR) Globalists’ American political strategy since the early twentieth century.

  3. Don Lake, FYI, not necessarily a unilateral endorsement

    *sarcasm* why do we even have this site ???????? Are not the Dems and GOP doing a dandy job here in the 21st Century ???????

    Associated Press Larry Margasak, – Thursday May 12, 9:27 pm ET

    “WASHINGTON – Former [United States] Senator John Ensign of Nevada broke federal law, made false statements to the Federal Election Commission and obstructed a Senate Ethics Committee’s investigation into his conduct, the panel said Thursday in a scathing report that sent the matter to the Justice Department for possible prosecution.

    The former Republican lawmaker “created a web of deceit that entangled and compromised numerous people,” the committee said, adding that it had assembled enough evidence to warrant possible expulsion had Ensign not resigned.”

    California House Member, Randall ‘Duke’ Cunningham [John Ensign II ??????????] now in federal stir near Tucson …….

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