As a former Democratic Nominee for U.S. House, I can testify that the system is "geared" to ensure that "Establishment" candidates who "Play Ball" with the people who own the system... prevail.
By Chris Kahn
NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than half of American voters believe that the system U.S. political parties use to pick their candidates for the White House is "rigged" and more than two-thirds want to see the process changed, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.
The results echo complaints from Republican front-runner Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Bernie Sanders that the system is stacked against them in favor of candidates with close ties to their parties a critique that has triggered a nationwide debate over whether the process is fair.
The United States is one of just a handful of countries that gives regular voters any say in who should make it onto the presidential ballot. But the state-by-state system of primaries, caucuses and conventions is complex. The contests historically were always party events, and while the popular vote has grown in influence since the mid-20th century, the parties still have considerable sway.
One quirk of the U.S. system - and the area where the parties get to flex their muscle - is the use of delegates, party members who are assigned to support contenders at their respective conventions, usually based on voting results. The parties decide how delegates are awarded in each state, with the Republicans and Democrats having different rules.
The delegates' personal opinions can come into play at the party conventions if the race is too close to call - an issue that has become a lightning rod in the current political season.
Another complication is that state governments have different rules about whether voters must be registered as party members to participate. In some states, parties further restrict delegate selection to small committees of party elites, as the Republican Party in Colorado did this year. SNIP
Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics, said the U.S. presidential nominating system could probably be improved in a number of areas, but noted that the control wielded by party leadership usually became an issue only during tight races.
"The popular vote overwhelms the rules usually, but in these close elections, everyone pays attention to these arcane rules," he said.
Some 51 percent of likely voters who responded to the April 21-26 online survey said they believed the primary system was "rigged" against some candidates. Some 71 percent of respondents said they would prefer to pick their partys nominee with a direct vote, cutting out the use of delegates as intermediaries.
The results also showed 27 percent of likely voters did not understand how the primary process works and 44 percent did not understand why delegates were involved in the first place. The responses were about the same for Republicans and Democrats.
Overall, nearly half said they would also prefer a single primary day in which all states held their nominating contests together - as opposed to the current system of spreading them out for months.
The poll included 1,582 Americans and had a credibility interval of 2.9 percentage points. SNIP
Election "shenanigans" have been going on for a long time... THIS would appear to be one more example... Counting is merely ADDING to in this case TWO columns. Votes are either added to one candidate or the other. There is no other mathematical function involved... PERIOD! Yet time and again we witness this CRAP! Check out the screen shots provided in this article.
As a candidate for congress in 2006, I witnessed the same sort of thing going on LIVE in returns in my election. We did not screen shot it though.
THIS IS NOT DEMOCRACY! Can someone please copy and paste the screen shots into the comments. THIS IS IMPORTANT!
I saw THIS... A full page Hillary Ad on the YAHOO sign on page with the line... "Paid For By The Hillary Victory Fund"
Go here to see it... Paste it in here if you're able to... https://www.facebook.com/Corporatist-Nation-188712351184604/
Thoughts? Running out of campaign ca$h?
The Reform of Campaign Finance Laws... or NOT?
Taking Effective Action on Climate Change in a Timely Manner or NOT?
Ensuring that ALL Americans have access to the full spectrum of quality affordable health care including preventative and dental... or NOT?
Ensuring that EVERY American irrespective of their race, creed, sexual orientation or socio-economic strata will be treated equally... or NOT?
Ensuring that ALL Americans are able to exercise their Right to Vote... or NOT?
Ensuring that if America enters into international trade agreements that American workers suffer no harm or NOT?
Ensuring that Tax laws are reformed to ensure that income taxes are progressive throughout the range of incomes and that capitol gains are treated as ordinary income and taxed accordingly... or NOT?
Ensuring that American foreign policy does not include regime change or corporate interests as guiding parameters for use of military assets or not.
Ensuring that politicians who violate federal laws are held accountable to the fullest extent of the law... or NOT?
Ensuring that American workers are afforded a living wage... or NOT?
Ensuring that every effort is made to excise corporate influence (money, perqs etc.) from American politics including Citizens United... or NOT?
Ensuring that the person who eventually gets the keys to the Oval Office can be trusted with regard to every word and action that they do as President and Commander in Chief... or NOT?
There is no question that throughout this entire race starting in Iowa there have been "issues" with voting.
The funny thing is that all of the "issues" ALWAYS benefited... The Inevitable One... Which is objectively speaking...
Everyone is talking about Voter SUPPRESSION in New York... EXCEPT FOR ONE PERSON...
Anyone with an ounce of conscience should find that in and of itself... concerning....
RE: PROGRESSIVE TURNOUT PROJECT.... They are sending similar messages and polls which end in a request for Ca$h.... (3 Dollars) Coming from a variety of E Addresses always asking.... Do you think Bernie can win?
PSYCH... Want us to question our resolve re: Bernie....
So THIS IS The Clinton Campaign to UNITE Democrats? Key Words: Our, Unite, Join...
TEXT from Email..
Bernie Sanders continues to build on his momentum, most recently with a big win in Wisconsin.
This race is close. Hillary still has a clear lead in delegates, but the Sanders campaign is confident that theyre favored in upcoming primary states. Plus, the primaries for must-win states like California, New York, and Pennsylvania are still far enough away for Bernie to pick up momentum.
Despite record levels of engagement in recent surveys, with a race this close, our research team needs to know what Democrats like you think about Bernies chances to secure the Democratic nomination. WHY? WHY should I tell YOU?
Please respond as soon as possible. Thanks!
Thanks for taking the poll!
- The Progressive Turnout Project
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Another one... I received THREE so far tonight alone!!! Varying E Addresses...
Click here to stand with them and DEMAND Arizona dismantle its voter suppression laws ?
FIRST: Arizonas Democratic primary saw voters waiting in line for HOURS just to cast a vote
THEN: The Department of Justice launched a federal investigation to figure out what went wrong
NOW: Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have joined together to SUE the state of Arizona and demand a restoration of voter rights You mean when voter rights became important as voters were being systematically DISENFRANCHISED... Hillary FOLLOWED Bernie in ... "taking a stand?" HILLARYOUS!
The Republican-controlled state legislature in Arizona has been passing measures to make it harder to vote.
One of those measures included slashing the number of polling places in Democratic-leaning regions by up to 70%.
Fortunately, our presidential candidates are taking a unified stand against GOP-backed voter suppression and standing up for voting rights. So yesterday in NYC/Brooklyn/and Environs... WHICH Party was behind all of the Voter Suppression there? No mention of Voter Issues from Hillary last night!
Add your name right now to stand with Bernie and Hillary AGAINST voter suppression ?
In Maricopa County, Arizonas largest, polling sites were cut to just 60 from 200. Maricopa County leans Democratic and saw some of the longest lines at polling sites in the primary. In Phoenix, there was just one polling place for every 108,000 voters.
To make matters worse, CNN reports that voters complained after being told that they couldnt vote because they were registered as Independents.
Voter suppression exists because Republican voters consistently turn out to vote for right-wing politicians who manipulate the system to keep themselves in power.
Thats why we need to stand with Bernie and (Hillary) as they fight for voters rights.
Click the link below today to stand with Bernie and Hillary and demand that Arizona dismantle its voter suppression laws:
http://go.turnoutpac.org/No-Voter-Suppression Funny... Hillary Standing Up? For Voter Rights????
LOTS of Election Manipulation SHIT in NYC... and NOT a peep outa Hillary....
Thanks for adding your voice,
- The Progressive Turnout Project Anybody want to research where this PAC is "coming from?"
THIS Looks like a Brock Project or similar!
Tell the "Progressive Turnout Project" That WE Are NOT THIS Fucking STUPID!
Really...? And Madam Secretary what nation's planes might American pilots be charged with enforcing your No Fly Zone Against?
NO FLY ZONE OVER SYRIA? One more sordid example of wrong headed judgement on the part of Hillary Clinton!
As Bernie has duly noted... She does not consider the consequences of her decisions especially ones of significant magnitude such as the potential for a shooting confrontation with a Super Power such as RUSSIA.
Access for the few at the expense of the many...
Hillary Clinton Fundraiser Hosted by All-Star Cast of Financial Regulators Who Joined Wall Street
Shouldn't people go into politics to make life better for everybody -- not just the wealthy or one's friends?
Hillary Clinton Fundraiser Hosted by All-Star Cast of Financial Regulators Who Joined Wall Street
The Intercept, Apr. 6 2016
The invitation for the April 6 fundraiser, obtained by Sunlight Foundations Political Party Time, describes a conversation with the Clinton campaigns chief financial officer, Gary Gensler, and Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Carl Levin, D-Mich.
The host: Julie Chon, a former Senate Banking Committee staffer who today is a managing director at the New York hedge fund Perry Capital.
Finance chair Gensler is a former Goldman Sachs staffer who later joined the Obama administration as a financial regulator.
Several members of the organizing committee are now either advocating for corporate clients or advising them how to best work with and around the regulations they once enforced.
Organizer Dan M. Berkovitz was the general counsel of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission from 2009 to 2013. Today, he is a partner at WilmerHale LLP, which says his clients, both domestic and international, include entities in ongoing U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) investigations, multi-national swap dealers, managed funds, a major U.S. manufacturer, and industry trade and advocacy associations.
A Note: The source is immaterial... It is the content that counts! Given that this event actually took place and it did, then the source should not be used as an excuse to censor.
Sanders turned out a huge crowd. He also took a notable detour
I sincerely hope that nobody has a problem with this post....
Before Bernie Sanders spoke to over 11,000 people on Monday at the University of Buffalo, he made a brief unscheduled stop. The crowd in the alumni arena was more diverse than most Sanders ralliesnot as diverse as Buffalo itself, a city where non-Hispanic whites are in the minority, but with a greater number of black and brown faces than Id seen in other rallies in other parts of the country. And like every Sanders rally Ive been to, the crowd was happy to be there, shouting Ber-nie! Ber-nie! at every rumor of the candidates appearance, and gleefully taking selfies of one another before, during, and after Sanderss 90 minute speech.
The audience at Sanderss first stop was a lot quieter, a lot older, a lot whiterand a whole lot smaller. They were pleased to see Sanders, but there was no mistaking the scene at Local 1122 of the Communications Workers of America for a rock concert or a sporting event. These were 25 shop stewards at Verizon who had to prepare their members to go on strike on Wednesday morning, and the mood in the room was a mixture of anxiety and defiant anger.
Its getting old, having to fight just to keep our jobs, said Larry Turner, a 25 year veteran. Ever since the merger with Bell Atlantic it seems like we have to keep fighting just to stay in place. They were supposed to be building FiOS here in Buffalo and they just stopped.