Open the Debates!

It's time for the 60% of Americans who say we need a new major party to stand up for our right to open debates.  

Sign the petition to show your support for opening up the debates!

To the Commission on Presidential Debates:

We, the undersigned, demand that the Presidential debates include all Presidential candidates who have qualified for enough state ballots to be a choice for a majority of voters.

Polls show that 50% of Americans do not identify as either Democrat or Republican. This means that the Presidential debates as currently managed are locking out the diverse voices and views of half of all Americans.

The Commission on Presidential Debates may sound like an impartial, public body, but it is actually a private organization run by the Democratic and Republican parties. When these two establishment parties took over the debates in 1989, the League of Women Voters withdrew its sponsorship, rightly observing that the “unprecedented control” demanded by the Democrats and Republicans would make the debates “campaign-trail charades” that would “perpetrate fraud on the American voter”.

The need for “more voices and choices” can be met by including all candidates who are on the ballots for a majority of voters, a number that has typically ranged from 4 to 6 candidates in total.

Voters have a right to hear directly from their possible choices for the highest office in the land. These choices should reflect the diversity of American political opinion, and not be restricted to two candidates nominated by establishment parties awash in corporate donations and billionaire support.

 

 

Who's signing

Edward Bateman
Nonnye Lucky
joseph mashburn
Danielle DeShazo
paula brunetti
Vanessa Nowitzky
Lee Papathanasiou
sue schneider
Justin Patton
Michael Vogel
Ashley Sanders
William KIldall
Marie Trillingham
Matthew Mangold
Melissa Elder
Gary Howarth
Yuriy Kozlov
M Stone
Nadia Nouri
Michael Dennis
Karen Keleher
Deborah Reeves
Iliana Doytcheva
Wendy Stankevich
Branden Reeves
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  • Edward Bateman
    signed 2016-11-28 14:53:04 -0500
  • Nonnye Lucky
    signed 2016-11-26 10:24:21 -0500
  • joseph mashburn
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  • Danielle DeShazo
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    I signed the petition to open the presidential debates to independent candidates - join me! #OpenDebates http://www.jill2016.com/openthedebatespetiton?recruiter_id=279939
  • Danielle DeShazo
    signed 2016-10-19 23:24:25 -0400
  • paula brunetti
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  • Vanessa Nowitzky
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-10-12 21:39:04 -0400
    I signed the petition to open the presidential debates to independent candidates - join me! #OpenDebates
  • Vanessa Nowitzky
    signed 2016-10-12 21:37:41 -0400
  • Lee Papathanasiou
    signed 2016-10-09 18:10:39 -0400
  • sue schneider
    signed 2016-10-02 18:46:07 -0400
  • Justin Patton
    signed 2016-10-01 17:59:10 -0400
  • Michael Vogel
    signed 2016-09-27 11:00:11 -0400
  • Ashley Sanders
    signed 2016-09-26 19:17:54 -0400
  • William KIldall
    signed 2016-09-26 18:49:18 -0400
  • Marie Trillingham
    signed 2016-09-26 17:31:10 -0400
  • Matthew Mangold
    signed 2016-09-25 03:14:01 -0400
  • Lawrence Welsh
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-09-24 11:57:26 -0400
    I signed the petition to open the presidential debates to independent candidates - join me! #OpenDebates
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    I signed the petition to open the presidential debates to independent candidates - join me! #OpenDebates http://www.jill2016.com/openthedebatespetiton?recruiter_id=1951785
  • Melissa Elder
    signed 2016-09-23 13:09:49 -0400
  • Gary Howarth
    signed 2016-09-23 11:54:29 -0400
  • Yuriy Kozlov
    signed 2016-09-22 23:20:59 -0400
  • M Stone
    signed 2016-09-22 18:36:02 -0400
  • Nadia Nouri
    signed 2016-09-22 13:49:13 -0400
  • Michael Dennis
    signed 2016-09-22 12:51:36 -0400
  • Karen Keleher
    signed 2016-09-19 22:49:35 -0400
  • Deborah Reeves
    signed 2016-09-18 02:43:03 -0400
  • Iliana Doytcheva
    signed 2016-09-17 10:44:36 -0400
  • Wendy Stankevich
    signed 2016-09-17 08:22:03 -0400
  • Branden Reeves
    signed 2016-09-17 04:37:42 -0400