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May 15, 2013

Letter: Third-party registration sends key message

To the editor:

I found Jerry Klinow’s letter pining for a third option in politics to be very familiar (the Times, Monday, May 13), as it was the position I found myself in not that long ago.

It will be to Mr. Klinow’s pleasure to learn that there are indeed alternatives to the current Democrat-Republican establishment. If Mr. Klinow voted for president this past year, he may have noticed two of those alternative on his ballot, Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party and Massachusetts’ own Dr. Jill Stein of the Green-Rainbow Party, the Massachusetts affiliate of the Green Party of the United States.

Unfortunately for those of us in third parties, the system is stacked against a third option. As I’ve pointed out in previous letters to this paper, the Democratic and Republican parties collude to make it more difficult for third parties to have access to the ballot and debates.

These active anti-democratic actions aside, even the existence of the plurality voting system, where those with the most votes wins as opposed to requiring a majority, marginalizes third parties to relative nonexistence, as people wish not to “waste” their vote.

This is not the way it has to be. Many countries have instituted alternative voting systems to simple plurality voting, such as instant runoff voting and proportional representation.

The first step in disarming the ruling parties is changing your voter registration. While I undoubtedly prefer the ranks of the Green-Rainbow Party to swell, I urge even principled libertarians and conservatives to register with the Libertarian Party.

This does not obligate you to vote in any given manner, though it restricts you to your own party’s candidates in primaries. Send the message to the establishment that you’re not going to play around anymore; register with a third party today.

ANDREW TARR

Gloucester

Member, Green-Rainbow Party State Committee

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