Taking Party off the ballot for representation in a district.

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Taking party off the ballot in a vote for representation. Do that and the tables turn. The only thing a party wins is the agenda in Canada (if only they could vote on that), or the Presidency and his/her mandate in the USA. Representatives, preferably each elected by a majority in their district, will likely be supportive of an agenda elected by a majority in a nation wide vote. Every national party could publicly identify whichever and however many of the candidates are acceptable to their supporters. If a candidate, in turn, officially endorses that party or parties, then those parties can promote the candidate. A popular candidate could run an independent campaign at-arms-length from all parties. An election campaign in a district may revolve around how suited a candidate is to implement a winning party’s agenda. Or how suited the candidate is for the general role and responsibility of the particular elected office, regardless of which party wins. Third parties of every kind can make their opinions known. Maybe the candidates say thank you, or maybe not (if it’s nasty people, or a foreign power).

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"Taking party off the ballot

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"Taking party off the ballot in a vote for representation."

I am not sure what you are referring to. I just checked the wikipedia article but couldn't find additional information: do you mean that currently, in addition to voting for a candidate in their district, voters also vote for a party (I know it's done in some places). Or do you simply mean removing the party affiliation next to the candidate's name?

In any case, either you or me can add what you propose as an option to the poll. It's only a matter of 1) phrasing it, 2) explaining the option clearly somewhere and adding it to the poll. Ooops. I belatedly see you've already done that. Good. :D

There is a lot to be said about the role of parties. The problem today, is not with the parties themselves but with Plurality Voting. There is nothing wrong with having special interest groups, and parties, originally, were such groups. But Plurality voting forces parties to become unhealthy breeding horse stables, where they breed candidates and provide a machinery to support them, precisely that's what the election method requires for candidates to get elected. Small, independent candidates have no chance to emerge.

As you know, I am not familiar with Canadian politics. I think I am missing some elements to fully understand what you propose. It'd be cool if you could flesh out your proposal in a new page in your book, that you could update and improve as you gain feedback.

On the issue of party politics, I think Fred, you and me mostly agree. Something is rotten and change is desperately needed. Let's try to document this properly: http://en.minguo.info/ticket/13681