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

Marie Trillingham
Melissa Elder
Gary Howarth
Anonymous
Branden Reeves
Sandra Schoelles
Irene Potashner
Linda French
Clint Balsar
Kevin Casey
Thomas Winn
Jennifer Ackerley
Robin Pappas
Jane Todd
Gerard Ange
Laura Wetzel
Suzanne Simmonds
steveon walker
Allison Jackson
JoAnne Allen
Tiffany Schettle
Mark Laity-Snyder
Lori Caterini
Sal Terillo
James Bird
Gavin Dillard
Branden Abushanab
Claire Townend
225 signatures

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  • Marie Trillingham
    signed 2016-09-26 17:31:10 -0400
  • Melissa Elder
    signed 2016-09-23 13:09:49 -0400
  • Gary Howarth
    signed 2016-09-23 11:54:29 -0400
  • Anonymous
    signed 2016-09-22 12:51:36 -0400
  • Branden Reeves
    signed 2016-09-17 04:37:42 -0400
  • Sandra Schoelles
    signed 2016-09-17 01:48:07 -0400
  • Irene Potashner
    signed 2016-09-16 23:04:32 -0400
  • Linda French
    signed 2016-09-16 22:59:38 -0400
  • Clint Balsar
    signed 2016-09-01 18:59:16 -0400
  • Kevin Casey
    signed 2016-09-01 12:50:40 -0400
  • Thomas Winn
    signed 2016-09-01 10:00:34 -0400
  • Jennifer Ackerley
    signed 2016-08-31 14:34:11 -0400
  • Robin Pappas
    signed 2016-08-26 13:47:12 -0400
  • Jane Todd
    signed 2016-08-25 15:48:18 -0400
  • Gerard Ange
    signed 2016-08-25 01:51:51 -0400
  • Laura Wetzel
    signed 2016-08-24 18:27:15 -0400
  • Suzanne Simmonds
    signed 2016-08-24 14:53:38 -0400
  • steveon walker
    signed 2016-08-24 10:11:29 -0400
  • Allison Jackson
    signed 2016-08-24 10:07:28 -0400
  • JoAnne Allen
    signed 2016-08-21 21:26:51 -0400
  • Tiffany Schettle
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-08-18 01:09:51 -0400
    I signed the petition to open the presidential debates to independent candidates - join me! #OpenDebates
  • Tiffany Schettle
    @Ts811 tweeted link to this page. 2016-08-18 01:09:49 -0400
    I signed the petition to open the presidential debates to independent candidates - join me! #OpenDebates http://www.jill2016.com/openthedebatespetiton?recruiter_id=828104
  • Tiffany Schettle
    signed 2016-08-18 01:09:20 -0400
  • Mark Laity-Snyder
    signed 2016-08-17 11:40:28 -0400
  • Lori Caterini
    signed 2016-08-13 08:44:47 -0400
  • Sal Terillo
    signed 2016-08-08 13:13:12 -0400
  • James Bird
    signed 2016-08-02 16:46:56 -0400
  • Gavin Dillard
    signed 2016-08-01 21:51:12 -0400
  • Branden Abushanab
    signed 2016-07-27 13:48:26 -0400
  • Claire Townend
    signed 2016-07-15 21:04:41 -0400