Ballot Access

The right to vote includes the right to vote for, and hear from, the candidate or issue of one's choice. Third party and independent candidates in many states have to overcome restrictive laws in order to get on the ballot. The exclusion of third party candidates from debates silences their ideas that differ from the dominant two parties and prevents Americans from hearing about the platforms of all the candidates on the ballot.

New York voters file lawsuit to protect voting rights of millions before presidential primary

April 20, 2016
Kira Lerner & Emily Atkin for Think Progress
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK — With less than 24 hours until the presidential primary, a group of New Yorkers who saw their party affiliations mysteriously switched are filing a lawsuit Monday seeking to open the state’s closed primary so that they can cast a ballot.

Voter suppression comes in a variety of forms throughout the country, disenfranchising many

April 20, 2016
Charles Pierce for Esquire
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It is my considered opinion that, as far as the simple process of voting goes, the World's Last Great Democracy couldn't organize a two-car funeral if you spotted it the hearse. The primaries on Tuesday night were an endless carnival of blunders, cock-ups, and general mayhem. This is the first election cycle we've had since John Roberts declared the Day of Jubilee and gutted the Voting Rights Act. These two things are not coincidental. The good folks at the SEIU have done a great job aggregating the various atrocities.

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