Politics without parties

Natalie Hanks

 Proposition 14 on the upcoming ballot is aiming to change the electoral process in California. With this proposal looking to draw attention away from a two party system, could the independent party see some playing time in the political arena?

 
“I’m sleeping under my desk at three in the morning because we can’t come together,” Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado said on Colbert Report Thursday.“It is dysfunctional because right now the party bosses on both sides want to manipulate everything; we’ve got to end that.” A more moderate presence in government would mean more solutions and less wasted time.
 

“It is dysfunctional because right now the party bosses on both sides want to manipulate everything; we’ve got to end that.” A more moderate presence in government would mean more solutions and less wasted time.
 

 

This proposal is suggesting that candidates from all parties run in a single primary election. If the candidate chooses, political party affiliation does not have to be mentioned on the ballot. The top two candidates with the most votes will then move on to a run-off election.
 
Proposition 14 is that political affiliation is not the main focus in the early electoral process. The beauty of system that candidates will have to emerge as stronger, individual runners. Moderate candidates stand to shine amid extreme leftist or rightist candidates clinging to the coattails of their party’s platform.
 
Because candidates are able to conceal political identity completely, it would become imperative that voters do their homework before elections.
 
 
Guaranteeing greater voter dedication, and qualified accountable leadership. Transparency of candidates is vital in successful voter representation.The two party system is dripping with money and because of wealthy contributors on both sides, more established parties have an unfair advantage when campaigning. Proposition 14 levels the playing field by giving a clear presentation of all candidates.
 
Will this proposition uproot the entire two party system? Not even close.
 
Dramatics aside, the two party system is flawed and appeals strongly affiliated with either side of the political spectrum. On June 8, hit the booths and vote ‘yes’ on Proposition 14.

 

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