Ballot Access Laws And The Democratic Process Essay examples

1760 Words Nov 22nd, 2016 8 Pages
“Our democracy is but a name. We vote. What does that mean? … We choose between two … bodies of autocrats. We choose between Tweedledum and Tweedledee” (qtd. in Gillespie 16). The United States’ democratic process has been whittled down from a grand democracy, allowing for much competition, to a two-party controlled system. The election process has come to having only two competing candidates each coming from one of the major political parties, either the Democrats or the Republicans. Many Americans probably would not be able to identify any of the candidates from minority parties in the 2016 election; however, without a doubt they can identify the candidates of the two major political parties. This problem stems from the regulations that maintain the two party system, ballot access laws. These ballot access laws are disruptive to the democratic process and hinder the people’s ability to perform their civil duties. If America does not make a move to change ballot access laws it is inevitable that the two-party disease will intensify and a large portion of the American people will be left without representation as the two dominant political parties control the issues discussed in the nation. The Democratic and Republican parties have become so large and powerful that there is no room for candidates of other parties. The parties are so large that the candidates of minority parties are simply grouped together as “third party” candidates. State laws and regulations created…

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