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Political Parties (draft)

• Focus gets put on the party and not the individual person, makes it a game

• We elect people, not parties

• Official has to represent all of the citizens, even those outside the party

• George Washington, the country's "father" was afraid of them

• Hard for broad parties to match up with voter's views on all subjects

• Candidates may not agree with all of the party's opinions

• Parties subject to shifting their viewpoints/place on the scale

Parties pressure their members to vote a certain way

• Locks out other candidates; just two major parties may not cover everybody

Parties shouldn't be able to use official primary ballot to choose candidates

• Should be able to give "yes" or "no" to each candidate ("best of"/approval voting)

By Jason McHuff,