Lacking Natural Simplicity

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Election Choice

I think that one of the main problems with U.S. elections is that in many cases we don't actually have much choice. The way that U.S. elections are organized it is very difficult to vote for anyone other than a Republican or a Democrat. In many states getting on the ballot is difficult for other parties, and even in the states where it's easier the whole structure is set up to favour the Democrats and Replublicans.

To fix this we need to level the playing field by making it easier for alternative parties to get on the ballot, ensure that anybody can vote for anybody on the ballot in the primaries without penalty — regardless of political affiliation, allow the citizens to vote against particular politicians, and eliminate the ability of political parties to select candidates that contradict the popular vote.

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