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Creating an Equal Access Ballot and A Secure Election System
Washington is a state of many voices. From the various tribes of the First Nations, to the pioneers, to the immigrants from nearly every country on planet Earth, Washington is culturally, ethically, and politically diverse. Yet this diversity is not fully reflected in our election system.
The current Top Two Primary allows open access to all political parties and independents but limits the winners to the top two vote-getters, regardless of party. However, fewer voters turn out for primaries than turn out for the general election, especially in a presidential year. The Top Two Primary ultimately limits voter choice.
As a leader in the Constitution Party of Washington and the national Constitution Party, I am well aware of the difficulties of attaining ballot access and other issues that negatively affect alternative political parties in a system designed to promote only two parties. The Constitution of the United States did not create a party system, let alone a two party system. Neither does the Washington State Constitution. In fact it states, “All political power is inherent in the people, and governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, and are established to protect and maintain individual rights.” (Article 1, Section 1: Political Power, Washington State Constitution). I read nothing in that which would limit voter choice to only two candidates at any level of government. I want to work towards insuring that the voices of all the people of Washington are given an equal hearing in the General Election.
Please read my plan for an Equal Access and Secure Election System. As Secretary of State, I will work toward implementing that plan on behalf of all Washingtonians in a manner that is fair and equal to every political party and independent candidate in the state. I can provide a neutral voice, an advocate for all those who choose not to support either of the two so-called major parties, in keeping with the American philosophy that “All Men are created equal,” and that the people – not parties – have the final say, especially in the political arena.
Karen Murray on Video Voters’ Guide 2012