If you are in a poor and democratic leaning section of a republican state, it may be much harder to vote.
You are on the rolls and turned away? You are told by someone outside a lie about what forms of ID are required? There is a 7 hour line? Someone with a gun is asking everyone who they are voting for?
If you google the phone number, it goes to a website. On that website are "real stories" of difficulties.
California is a perfect place to start a 3rd party.radidoo200 wrote:Thank you for that, I admit I had to look up "FPTP", but I think I follow you now. Very well, it is what it is. I'm also frustrated at the fact that I live in CA, so it really doesn't matter who I vote for, my vote is going to Hillary (which I can live with, it just bothers me that it works that way).Yakk wrote:( lots of well reasoned stuff that I may not have totally followed, but think I get the gist of )
Back a state-level Green party, or Libertarian, or a hybrid, or whatever. Get local councillors elected. Maybe form alliances with either party at the state level. Do primary attacks on state level reps (if that works in California). Be willing to cross-brand with major party members who agree to your "core pledge". Fund raise from rich people who agree with your "core" positions and want to influence your secondary ones.
Have explicit core and secondary policy positions. Insofar as you get power, be willing to "trade" for core policy positions.
This is a work of decades.
You might want to start from the "right", assuming that the Republican party looks like it is a short to medium term decline. A Libertarian-Conservationist party, for example, with policies like:
* Simplify the tax code. Next to nobody should need an accountant to do taxes.
* Reduce government waste (yada yada).
* Move federal revenue from Income to Carbon tax.
or whatever. Throw some right-wing stuff in with some green stuff and blend.