Originally Published: October 8, 2016 5:56 a.m.
Many of us wonder how we managed to nominate two candidates for President that each have a disapproval rating of over 50 percent. I maintain that it is the present two-party system. Today unlike in the past 39 percent, a majority of voters are not affiliated with a Party. This results in the parties being composed mostly of people on the extremes of the political spectrum. This extends to every elected office. The US House certainly is not representative of the Nation.
It would seem that we need to overhaul the way we select candidates. The Yavapai County Elections Department has a budget of nearly a million dollars. Much of this provides for elections that only benefit the two Parties. An alternative would be for all primary elections to be nonpartisan, every voter could choose from whoever qualified for the ballot. The name of the candidate would appear but his Party affiliation would not. The two candidates with the highest number of votes would progress to the general election. Since it is in the interest of the Parties to garner votes from the middle they would presumably sponsor centrist candidates.
Nationally the same method would apply for Presidential nominees. A single nationwide primary would be held and the two with the highest number of votes would be the nominees. Some would ask wouldn’t there be hundreds of candidates. We will have to see, but there could be requirements to get on the ballot and since the Parties would still exist there would an interest in keeping the number reasonable.
I am not an election expert so I am sure this plan would have to be worked out by experts; but it is hard to see how any change would not be better than the present system.