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To the Editor:

Hello, my name is Joshua Hellmann, Green Party candidate for Jackson County Board. But that's not why I'm writing.

By now, all across social and news media, numerous Democrats are surely gearing up to launch seemingly inexhaustible spoiler attacks against many of my fellow Green candidates, and the same from Republicans against the Libertarians. This is nothing less than an assault on the fundamental ideas of democratic elections and the freedoms of speech and association. Voters in a democratic election ought to be free to vote for the candidates they agree with most, and not merely for those candidates which appear most likely to win, that one might not agree with at all.

This may seems idealistic to many people reading this. However, there are solutions: Ranked Choice Voting and Proportional Representation, both of which the Green Party supports. Many other nations use them to achieve a multi-party system, and the people of Maine have been fighting their legislature to try and adopt Ranked Choice Voting in their state. The website FairVote has excellent resources explaining these alternative, spoiler theory defeating election systems.

According to multiple Gallup polls, a majority of Americans want more than two parties in government. The Democratic and Republican ruling Establishment has little interest in electoral reforms such as Ranked Choice and Proportional Representation, being the beneficiaries of the current two-party system. The struggle in Maine is clear evidence of this fact.

So, as Frederick Douglass once said: “Power concedes nothing without a demand.”

Vote Green.

Joshua Hellmann

Murphysboro

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