Aug 11, 2014

Pennsylvania, The Partisan State

It's no coincidence that there are no independents in the Pennsylvania's large State House, the Republicans and Democrats stacked the deck decades ago. Recently, the courts have eliminated the most exclusionary of the rules, but never-the-less, many obstacles remain. Those logistics aside, voter's partisan attitudes remain the biggest barrier. I've met many people who tell me that they're voting for the Democrat or Republican, even though they know nothing about the candidate. While help and contributions come easily to the two parties, independents must make their case, voter by voter. I ask that you recommend my candidacy to your family and friends in the 183rd District. I also ask that you contribute to my campaign, where ever you live in the Lehigh Valley. I ask that you think independently; Harrisburg has done very little, for very few.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

One thing impacting the lack of independent candidates is the "straight ticket" voting.

Pa. should ban that process. Either vote for candidates or don't vote. Voting for parties results in voters not knowing who is running.

michael molovinsky said...

@4:52, i fully agree. worse, the new electronic machines prompt you to vote straight party. at least with the older mechanical machines, the voter saw the names of all the candidates printed on the panel front.