We can’t hope to fix government if we can’t get good candidates into office.
Election law should be built to benefit voters, not parties. The existing system benefits parties at the expense of voters.
That quote says it all. Benefit voters, not parties. Part of the reason NobodyisFlyingthePlane is that our system has lost focus on who it serves: citizens, voters, the electorate. Parties, PACs, special interests, lobbyists, etc. are all artificial constructs. The system shouldn’t serve them, it should serve ‘The People’.
A simple solution exists: Allow all voters and all candidates equal access to the primary and general elections. Under such a system, all parties’ candidates would compete in a single primary open to all voters. The top two vote getters would then advance to the general election, regardless of their party affiliation.
More than 80% of cities around the country, along with several states, have moved to this more inclusive form of elections, often called a nonpartisan or “top two” system. Voters in California recently adopted such a system, and the early results suggest that it has led to less extremism in government.
To date, unions and super PACs have made $3.6 million in independent expenditures in the race — an enormous amount of money, given tight Massachusetts campaign finance laws that cap individual campaign contributions at $500. Since early August, when the spending began in earnest, outside groups have outspent the combined Connolly and Walsh campaigns by more than one-third.