Where You Can Learn More About U.S. “Third” Parties (and where you won’t find them)

I don’t intend, for the most part, to make this a “political” blog in the sense of using it to try to tell you which parties, candidates, or positions to support.

But, with the Presidential election underway in the U.S., I feel strongly about people’s right to know that the Democrats and Republicans are not the only parties running candidates (in most states – it varies by state.)

Click here to read about other parties running Presidential candidates as well as who besides the Democrat and Republican is running for the U.S. Senate seat from Ohio.

2016 national and Ohio independent and third-party listing

If you are not in Ohio, you should be able to go through the parties’ national web site to find out how active they are in your state.

You can learn more about why you don’t see more of third parties in the news or the debates from the following organizations:

Open Debates

Our America Initiative

This Facebook Group

And the new group, discussed here

and why this issue is gaining attention.

A movement to find and draft a conservative independent has surfaced since Donald Trump was declared the Republican nominee. It’s called “Better for America,” seems to be made up mostly of former Republicans, and is something of a successor to #NeverTrump. Presumably none of the third-party candidates I have listed here are exactly what they have in mind. But it would make sense for this movement to push for removal of the barriers that third parties confront if only because 1) their own candidate will need those barriers removed, and 2) if Better for America has formed because its founders perceive both major candidates as of poor quality – and if that is true, it has happened in part because in a two-party system, all it takes to win is to be less-worse than the other.

Some thoughts on how and why the events of 2016 have shaken up the notion that third parties are “spoilers.”


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