Posted by Kellie Ryan on August 25, 2015 at 10:21 AM
Presidential Candidates Miss the Mark on Political Reform
Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have already made voting rights and election reform major areas of focus of their presidential campaigns. However, neither candidate has addressed that 42% of Americans, who identify as politically independent, are being disenfranchised by our current election system.
Bernie Sanders, an independent, has not even addressed that in many states the people he represents are not able to vote for him in the primary election without changing their party affiliation.
In an Op-Ed published in Newsweek, Open Primaries President John Opdycke and Board Member Jessie Fields encouraged Bernie Sanders to take a stand on election reform.
"You would think that Sanders’s position as an anti-establishment lightning rod would make him more, not less, radical when it comes to freeing our democratic process from partisan control. Paradoxically, he has staked out a rather tame position on issues of political process and remaking our political culture.
When it comes to democracy reform, independents across the country are asking him, 'Why are you protecting the establishment?'”