US Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein says US needs new voting system

November 7, 2016 7:08 pm

Green Party presidential nominee speaks during a campaign rally at the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture on October 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by AFP)

Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein says Washington must adopt a new voting system so that Americans would not have to choose between voting their conscience or the lesser of two evils.
The two major-party presidential candidates, Republican Donald Trump and Democratic Hillary Clinton, are “both dangerous and unacceptable,” Stein said in an interview with Reason, a US monthly magazine.
“It’s outrageous that people should be struggling right now with this questions of, ‘Do I prefer a fascist or a warmonger?'” Stein said.
“We have every reason to be terrified of Donald Trump in the White House, but I don’t think we should fool ourselves into thinking that we should sleep well at night with Hillary Clinton in the White House either,” Stein said.
“They’re both dangerous and unacceptable in different ways. This is why we should be rejecting this political system that serves the very few and the very powerful,” she added.
Stein is currently polling at about 2 percent, trailing Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson, who is on course to take about 5 percent of the popular vote.

This AFP combination of pictures shows Hillary Clinton in Sanford, Florida, on November 1, 2016 and Donald Trump in  Warren, Michigan, on October 31, 2016.

US third parties, which include the Greens and Libertarians, are political parties other than the Republican and Democratic parties.
Third party candidates face major challenges in , such as the failure to meet the criteria for ballot access. Due to debate access rules, they are often excluded from participating in presidential debates.
Stein said this election year presents a historic opportunity for US third parties to end the country’s two-party system, which is dominated by Democrats and Republicans.
“This is a realignment election and you have this marriage of the Democratic and Republican parties now,” she said. “And its important, I think, for Greens and Libertarians to be working together right now to just break through this stranglehold and be challenging them right out of the gate.”
The 2016 presidential race features two of the most disliked candidates in electoral history, multiple surveys have found.
According to the final pre-election New York Times/CBS Poll, the majority of voters say Trump is not qualified to be president and that he lacks the temperament to serve in the White House, while most voters believe Clinton is untrustworthy and dishonest.
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