commented on Our Day in Court
2016-12-22 22:53:09 -0500
Unfortunately the judge is right. Each party is a closed members-only group of private citizens and, as long as they don’t discriminate against protected groups, the constitution is on their side. This is why I think what we need is an amendment to the constitution that establishes a single open national primary. The private-citizen political parties can continue to have their primaries (and pay for them themselves) to determine who their representative for the national primary will be, but the only one that would count would be the national primary. The amendment wouldn’t need to (but could) end the electoral college, because it only affects the primaries. This would also end the distortion to the electoral college brought on by having more than two candidates on most state’s ballots for president. There could only be two candidates left standing, ensuring that one or the other would get enough nominal or electoral college votes to win.