Third-Party Candidates Essay by BrainC

Third-Party Candidates
This paper discusses that third-party candidates in the United States face a number of hurdles that play a large part in their failure to win elections.
# 52865 | 815 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Sep 26, 2004 in Political Science (Election and Campaigns)

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This paper explains that the successes in elections by third-party candidates are blocked by little media coverage, often not being in debates, reduced funding, a lack followers, and the electoral system. The author points out that third-party candidates can overcome a number of these obstacles by focusing on a single ideology or issue and by using inexpensive campaign techniques like debates, forums, and billboard advertising. The paper remarks that, while there are important exceptions, such as Governor Jesse Ventura of Minnesota, the majority of third-party candidates fail to be elected.

From the Paper:

"The electoral system itself often contributes to making the election of third-party candidates difficult. Many laws that relate to elections limit the success of third-party candidates. America's "winner-take-all system of counting ballots ... does little to encourage a party that perpetually comes in third or fourth place to repeatedly contest elections, whereas proportional representation systems, which are widely used in other industrialized democracies, do." Further, many states have ballot access requirements that state that candidates must have a specific number of signatures to run for office."

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