Primary Season Needs An Overhaul

William Byrd, Reporter

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Since the start of the primary season, many questions have been raised by the common man, and the media, about the way we elect our choices for president. These questions have especially been asked by those that have participated in the Democratic primary. This primary season has split the demographics within the Democratic party between the older voters and the younger millennial voters, when it comes to choosing whether to vote for Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton. Sanders’ voters have become increasingly enraged about the system, as Sanders defeat looms closer. While their rage is justified, they have misplaced those that are at fault for it.

The average person is unaware of the many meetings set up and attended by the members of the party that lead to the actual primary or caucus. The events in Nevada just help bring more awareness to our outdated system. Since 1968 parties have held primaries in lieu of just allowing party insiders at the convention decide on the candidate.  While this was done to appease the regular voter, the way in which the primary or caucus was set up was decided by the heads of the party in that state. Making sure that the system was varied, and different, depending on the state.

The system is even more broken in the fact that caucuses are still in use.  Many are held at night in school gyms that only do voting “after hours.”  If you have a job that goes on at night, or children you have to find a nanny for, you’re incapable of participating.

Sanders supporters have stated on multiple occasion that the superdelegate system is unfair. Which is “fair” since superdelegates are there to tip the scale in favor of the person the party leaders want to be the nominee. While this system does seem “unfair” it is not in fact Hillary Clinton’s fault.  This systems been in place long before she had aspiration for the presidency. The system as a whole needs a nationwide overhaul that allows the regular voter to have more say and make things easier for voters to participate. The parties should focus more on helping the average man and woman participate in government, than letting insiders decide for them.  This issue come out on the day California holds its primary.  The question is this, can Sanders run the table and get those superdelegates to switch their votes?  We will know very soon.

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