Third Party Spoiler Myth and the Solution called “Rank Choice Voting”

David Morales, a high school student who wrote a report on Proportional Representation asked us to post his paper on our website. It gives me great hope for the future in that we have Green Youth such as David and others like him who are getting involved now to help create positive change for the future of our country and the world. Thanks David! CLICK HERE FOR DAVID’S REPORT

David Morales, High School Student
David Morales, High School Student

The United States falls victim to a system of voting which does not truly represent its people. In the United States we use a system called “First Past the Post” or FPTP. FPTP presents a system in which voters elect the candidate with the most votes to win the election. A seemingly simple, fair and logical system and yet it presents a multitude of issues. FPTP seems natural to us because it provides a winner based on the person with the most votes: the winner, however, in most scenarios problems arise when this system is used to vote. For example, the majority of voters will inevitably be left without a voice.

Our voting system is a “winner take all” system and discourages people from even bothering to vote. Notwithstanding the Electoral College, in which the Green Party calls for reforming.

I’d like to also post here, a link to a youtube video David Cobb created for the Jill/Baraka campaign concerning this topic of Rank Choice Voting (RCV).

 

There is Instant Runoff Voting (IRV), Proportional Representation, which David Morales writes about (STV – Single Transferable Vote), and other forms of voting that are similar in nature. This is the only way a third party will be recognized in our country and the only way the people’s voice will be heard and counted. We have a responsibility and this is our civic duty to ensure that we get a bill passed which enables our voice and our choice be heard. Contact your State Legislators today by writing them to enact a bill. It could be something as simple as a letter like this. CLICK HERE.

No party has claim to my vote. To call my vote for a third party a “spoiler” is disrespectful to my freedom as an American Citizen to vote for who I think best represents myself and my community.

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These two clowns are not our only choices!

Voting for the less of two evils has lead us to this dark place we see on television during the debate between Clinton and Trump, a pathetic mockery and embarrassment to Americans.

They do not represent us, they represent big money, the military industrial complex President Eisenhower warned us about and all that’s wrong with our society. The League of Women’s Voters call the Presidential Debate Commission a farce and call for third party’s to be heard in debates. We have let the wolves take over the chicken coup and it’s no one’s fault but our own.

 

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OPEN THE DEBATES!!!

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Ballot recommendations

President:

Jill Stein – Ajamu Baraka


US Senate:

Steven Machat


US House District 11:

David Koller

US House District 13:

Charlie Crist

US House District 20: 

No recommendations

US House District 23: 

No recommendations

US House District 25: 

Alina Valdez, M.D. 


 Amendment #1:

NO (Sponsored by 4 energy companies that gives dirty energy a cut instead of free independent solar – corporate solar trick amendment)

 Amendment #2:

YES 

Amendment #3:

YES

Amendment #5:

YES


 State Senate District 18:

Joe Redner

State Senate District 34:     

No recommendations

State Senate District 39:

Dwight Bullard


State Representative District 35:

Ramon Gutierrez

State Representative District 93:

Ken Keechl  

State Representative District 103:

No recommendations

State Representative District 104:

No recommendations

State Representative District 105:

 No recommendations


Supreme Court Justice retention:

Charles T. Canady NO 

Jorge Labarga NO 

Ricky L. Polston NO 

 


Broward County: 

Clerk of Circuit Court- 

Write in Shandrell Roscoe

Sheriff- 

Write in Willie Jones

Supervisor of elections- 

No recommendations

Fourth District Court of Appeals-

No recommendations for Cory J. Ciklin, Dorian K. Damoorgian, Jonathan D. Gerber,

Robert M. Gross, Spencer D. Levine, Melanie G. May

Circuit Judge 17th Judicial Circuit

No recommendations

County Court Judge Group 3

No recommendations

County Commissioner Districts 3 & 5

No recommendations

County Commissioner District 9

Dale Holness

Broward Soil & Water Conservation District 3

Jelani Anthony Harvey

Broward Soil & Water Conservation District 5

Fred Segal

South Broward Drainage District

None of the above

NO on

Broward Charter Review commission member terms and future appointments.

Amending charter to eliminate the management and efficiency study committee.

NO on

  1. Funding for countywide transportation system through levy of ½ penny sales surtax.
  2. Funding for local government infrastructure projects through levy of ½ penny sales surtax.

 Hernando County:

 Supervisor of Elections:

Debra Myers

 Property Appraiser:

Jeff Huffman

 Commissioner District 1:

Jimmy Lodato

 Commissioner District 3:

Diane Rowden

 Commissioner District 5:

Paul Douglas


Miami-Dade County: 

County Questions:

2. Citizens Bill of Rights Including
Right to Copy County Records  
YES 

City of Miami Charter Amendments:

3. (Provide Further Independence of
the Civilian Investigation
Panel) YES 

4. (City Charter – Allow Residents to
Enforce Charter) YES 

Mayor

Raquel Regalado


The Green Party Joins the Presidential Debates… Like it or not!!!

Jill will be live on Democracy Now! on Sunday, October 9th during the SECOND Presidential debate from St. Louis, MO

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Amy Goodman, host of the award-winning program Democracy Now! will moderate a pre-debate roundtable from 8-9pm ET,followed by an expanded presidential debate that will air from 9-11:30 ET that will  include Jill Stein!

Watch it on Facebook, Twitter or cable TV. #OccupyTheDebates #SteinBaraka

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE EXPANDED SECOND PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE TOMORROW NIGHT ON DEMOCRACY NOW!

On Sunday night Democracy Now! will air special live coverage of the second U.S. presidential debate. We will air the full debate between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and give third-party candidates a chance to respond in real time to the same questions. Jill Stein of the Green Party has agreed to participate in our Expanding the Debate special. We have also invited Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party. Our special broadcast will begin at 8 p.m. ET with a one-hour roundtable. Guests will include Nation Magazine publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel; Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University; and Black Lives Matter activist and Professor Melina Abdullah, Chair of Pan-African Studies at California State

Vice Presidential Candidate Ajamu Baraka 2016 Florida Tour

Ajamu Baraka is coming to Florida for his 2016 Vice Presidential Campaign Tour!

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Help make Ajamu’s visit a success by attending any of these events and show your support by volunteering or donating.

St. Petersburg and Gainesville Florida will be holding Events.

Green Party Vice Presidential Candidate Ajamu Baraka visits St. Petersburg and Tampa, Florida.

CLICK HERE FOR EVENT PAGE

Sunday, October 9th, 2016
6PM EST:
Small Press Conference and Meet & Greet at USF St. Petersburg Campus at the Davis Building in Room 130.
7PM EST:
Speaking Event with:
*Connie Burton, Housing and Human Rights Advocate
*Hip Hop Artist, Krown Deon
*Vice Presidential Candidate Ajamu Baraka takes the stage at 730PM EST until 810PM EST.
Short Q&A will follow.

Monday Oct 10th, 2016
10AM EST:
Press Conference in Tampa with Florida Homeless Action Coalition to unveil statewide Homeless Bill of Rights for Florida with Frontline Communities as part of World Homeless Day) at Homeless Helping Homeless.
MORE AT THE EVENT PAGE LINKED HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/543074575890605/
Speeches from current and formerly homeless:
*Reverend Bruce Wright — Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign
*Reverend G.W. Rolle — National Law Center on Poverty and Homelessness
*GP VP Candidate Ajamu Baraka
ADDRESS: 106 E Floribraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33603
WEBSITE OF HOMELESS HELPING HOMELESS:
http://www.homelesshhh.com/

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE!
Contributions gratefully accepted for:
*HOMELESS HELPING HOMELESS
*THE REFUGE
*Jill and Ajamu’s Campaign

Green Party Vice Presidential Candidate Ajamu Baraka visits Gainesville, FL. 

CLICK HERE FOR EVENT PAGE

Ajamu Baraka, Green Party Vice-Presidential Nominee, will speak in Gainesville at 7pm on Monday October 10th at the Headquarters Library. 401 East University Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32601, Meeting Room A.

Topics will include: creating systemic change via The Power to the People Plan, cancelling student debt, ending institutional racism in policing, courts, and prisons, and how The Green New Deal will create 20 million jobs.

There will be round of opening speakers (more details coming soon) prior to the talk by Ajamu Baraka.

Admission free.

Event sponsored by Alachua County Green Party
For any enquiries…
Call: 352.871.1995
Email alachuagreens@gmail.com

Short Bio:

A human rights defender whose experience spans four decades of domestic and international education and activism, Ajamu Baraka is a veteran grassroots organizer whose roots are in the Black Liberation Movement and anti-apartheid and Central American solidarity struggles.

Baraka is an internationally recognized leader of the emerging human rights movement in the U.S. and has been at the forefront of efforts to apply the international human rights framework to social justice advocacy in the U.S. for more than 25 years. As such, he has provided human rights trainings for grassroots activists across the country, has given briefings on human rights to the U.S. Congress, and has appeared before and provided statements to various United Nations agencies, including the UN Human Rights Commission (precursor to the current UN Human Rights Council).

Full Bio: http://www.jill2016.com/meet_ajamu

Green Party Vice Presidential Candidate Ajamu Baraka visits Jacksonville, FL. 

CLICK HERE FOR EVENT PAGE

We are pleased to announce that the Green Party Vice Presidential candidate, Ajamu Baraka, will be stopping in Jacksonville.

Ajamu Baraka will be on our local NPR radio show First Coast Connect, hosted by Melissa Ross. You can tune in between 9:00am – 10:00am 89.9FM to listen to his interview with Melissa Ross.

Afterwards Ajamu will be speaking at the local IBEW union hall located at 966 N Liberty St Jacksonville, FL 32206 between 11:30 – 12:30.

 

Other Florida events for VP Ajamu Baraka TBA soon.

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For more information about Ajamu’s Campaign tour and to volunteer  www.Jill2016.com