Are Illinois Republicans and Democrats Against Voter Choice?

November 11, 2009 at 11:11 am Leave a comment

Now that the 2010 Illinois candidate filing deadline for major parties has passed, I took a look at who our potential representatives will be after the November 2010 elections. What I learned was that the Republican and Democratic parties in Illinois are failing the voters.

The common perception of the electoral process is that two or more political parties put candidates up against each other to allow the citizens to select their representation. Apparently, that’s not the way it works in Illinois. Of the 139 Illinois legislative races up for grabs in 2010, 62 of those (45%) are unopposed, giving Illinois voters no choice in their representation. Of these, 47 are unopposed Democrats and 13 are unopposed Republicans.

To break this down further, 10 of the 21 State Senate races (48%) and 52 of the 118 State Representative races (44%) will be unopposed.

This gives third parties a tremendous opportunity in 2010…that is if we decide to step up and give the voters a choice. The Libertarian Party (free markets, limited government, laissez-faire on social issues) is uniquely positioned to be able to find common ground with voters regardless of the opposition. Voters who otherwise would have stayed home out of frustration will have the opportunity to make their voices heard. Unopposed politicians will not be able to claim a mandate when they can clearly see the percentage of voters who took time out of their day to come and vote for a long-shot.

I strongly encourage third-party readers to click here to search your address and see which political districts you may be eligible for. Signature requirements for Illinois legislative races are not completely unreasonable and will give third parties a tremendous opportunity to present an alternative to the corrupt politicians who have been running Illinois for so long.

Once you know what districts you’re eligible for, click here to see whether your district is unopposed and contact your local party affiliate to let them know you want to get involved. To put it bluntly, the people of Illinois have had enough, and you can help them take their state back.


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