How Would You Correct the Presidential Election Process?

@srhelmer (6930)
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
May 21, 2016 1:12pm CST
I was just reading about the race and how both Trump and Clinton have low approval ratings. There's definitely something wrong with how we pick our candidates if that is the case. My personal opinion is they need to change the primary process. Instead of state-by-state, there should be one national primary held the second Tuesday in April with all eligible candidates listed. Each voter gets one vote and the three candidates, regardless of party, receiving the most votes are the only three on the November ballot. I think this would make the process much more fair than it is now, with "super delegates" having as much influence on the candidates as the average voter while, at the same time, would increase the odds of a third party candidate having a legitimate chance in November. *May 28* - Just wanted to clarify something with this. When I refer to the candidate with the most votes, I am referring to electoral votes rather than popular. While I know there are some who disagree, I think the Electoral College system is still the best option because it forces candidates to care about the smaller states rather than just focusing on the states with the largest populations. Plus, while a person may be smart, people, en masse, can turn surprisingly stupid and can easily be manipulated. The current system provides some protection from that.
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@topffer (36363)
• Djibouti, Djibouti
22 May 16
What about a direct universal suffrage without any delegate or super delegate ? We have two rounds here, the first one to choose the name of the two candidates present at the second.
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@DWDavis (15037)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
22 May 16
I'm not sure that would work if only because of the size and diversity of our population. Minorities would cry foul.
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@RubyHawk (30432)
• Atlanta, Georgia
27 May 16
@DWDavis We want to include all minorities, and you might be right.
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@DWDavis (15037)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
21 May 16
I agree that something needs to be done and that the current two-party system is broken. I'd like to see a strong third party arise, not a flash in the pan like Ross Perot. This year the Libertarian Party has a strong ticket for President. I don't think they can win, but I am urging people who cannot bring themselves to vote for Trump or Clinton to vote Johnson/Weld rather than not vote at all.
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@srhelmer (6930)
• Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
22 May 16
I studied the Libertarian platform and, to be honest, they are still a little too extreme for me. I agree with some of their stances. But, others, like privatizing schools, are a bit too much.
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@DWDavis (15037)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
22 May 16
@srhelmer Considering the debacle the fed and states have made of public schools, privatizing might be something to consider. Both the Dems and Repubs have as a long term goal to dismantle local and state control of the schools and bring them under the federal government. They just disagree about how to do it.
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@RubyHawk (30432)
• Atlanta, Georgia
27 May 16
Bernie is my choice, but I'm afraid he has no chance. He doesn't have the big money behind him.
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@RubyHawk (30432)
• Atlanta, Georgia
27 May 16
I love that idea, they make it so complicated when it doesn't need to be.
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@Susan2015 (21939)
• United States
27 May 16
I would like to see no delegates at all. They often don't do what the people want.
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• Waltham, Massachusetts
27 May 16
This is a good idea and I wish that there was a different process to how we vote. It seems like there's too much crazy stuff that goes into politics and it's hard to trust the process. Anything that would make things more fair and sensible would be ideal.
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