Nader supports full
Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader emphasizes
replacing winner-take-all elections in his electoral
reform position on this campaign website.
Electoral Reform that Creates a Vibrant, Active, Participatory
Democracy. Our democracy is in a descending crisis. Voter turnout is among
the lowest in the western world. Redistricting ensures very few incumbents are
at risk in one-party districts. Barriers to full participation of candidates
proliferate making it very obstructive, for most third party and Independent
candidates to run. Obstacles, and deliberate manipulations to undermine the
right to vote, for which penalties are rarely imposed, are preventing voters
from voting. New paperless voting machines are raising questions about whether
we can trust that our votes are being counted as they are cast. Finally, money
dominates expensive campaigns, mainly waged on television in sound bite format.
The cost of campaigns creates a stranglehold making politics a game for only the
rich or richly funded. Major electoral reforms are needed to ensure that
every vote counts, all voters are represented through electoral reforms like
instant run-off voting, none-of-the-above options, and proportional
representation, non-major party candidates have a chance to run for office and
participate in debates, and that elections are publicly financed.