The issue of “ballot access” refers to any unreasonable restriction on the ability of third party and independent candidates to get their names on the ballot. In almost all instances, the rules for Democrats and Republicans make it significantly easier for them to gain ballot access and these advantages are perpetuated through restrictive legislation and regulation.
Ballot access restrictions reduce choice and lack of choice exacerbates dysfunction and polarization by protecting political feifdoms.
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Most campaign finance laws are significantly skewed to benefit the incumbents. In almost every race, at every level of government, the incumbent significantly out-raises the opponent in much needed financial resources.
Decennial reapportionment and redistricting has reached the point where there are very few competitive seats at the legislative level.
Ballot access laws are designed to avoid competition by keeping potential opponents off the ballot.
In many states, restrictive voting rights legislation holds down voter registration and turn-out.
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