Third-party candidates’ ‘extraordinarily difficult’ task to attract voters, get on ballot

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Kathy Boockvar spoke with USA Today about the challenges of the existing two-party system, including restrictions on independents voting in primaries and hurdles third-party candidates face when trying to get on the ballot. Under Pennsylvania’s laws barring independents from voting in the primary, Boockvar explained that this leads to more extreme members of the electorate deciding the results. Explaining why lawmakers have not changed these rules, she spoke about legislators not wanting to jeopardize their own power. 

“Incumbency is so powerful,’’ Boockvar said.  “And if all they care about is their interest, then they’re not going to vote for something that puts them more at risk, and that’s 100% what it’s about.” 

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