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Letter to the Editor: Primary ignores third parties

To the editor:

On Aug. 14, the people of Minnesota went to the polls to vote in our state's primary. They were only given two choices: Vote Republican or vote Democrat. All they saw were the red and blue candidates, as third parties and independent candidates were excluded from this essential part of our democratic process. This is just one of many ways third parties and independents are at a disadvantage in our current political system despite the fact that approximately 60 percent of Americans identify as independent, according to a 2017 Gallup poll. This system must change in order to maintain a healthy democracy and encourage voter participation. That is why we are proud to present the Purple Movement, a coalition of independent and third party political campaigns that will work together to create a more fair and inclusive democracy. The main

goals of the Purple Movement are: Breaking the two-party gridlock by offering more voices in the debates and more choices on the ballot. Getting big money out of politics by supporting fundamental campaign finance reform and refusing corporate money. A truly representative democracy by supporting electoral reforms like ranked choice voting and proportional representation. A government that can function by demonstrating that parties and candidates

with different beliefs can work together and find common ground for the greater good. Encouraging more people to participate in democracy by listening to non-voters and communities that have been traditionally ignored at election time by the two major parties.

Paula Overby

Eagan, MN