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April 22, 2018

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Asking for Access: The Third Party’s Quest for Inclusion
Last Featured: 7/18/2001

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From the Greens to the Reforms to the Libertarians, third parties struggled in the last presidential election to get on the ballot, get public financing, and participate in televised debates. Despite gains in the membership of minority parties, their candidates do not have equal access to the campaign “perks” available to the two major parties. Would increasing inclusion balkanize politics or inspire more people to vote? Do the current rules improperly favor the two major party candidates or focus resources on those candidates who reach a reasonable threshold of public support?

Terry Bouricius is the New England Regional Director for the Center for Voting and Democracy and is currently on the State Coordinating Committee and Treasurer of the Vermont Progressive Party. Bouricius was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives for 5 terms, one of only a handful of third party state representatives in the enter US. Before becoming a state representative, he served 10 years as a Progressive on the Burlington City council and then ran unsuccessfully as a third party candidate for lieutenant governor and twice for state senate. Bouricius has a degree in political science from Middlebury College and is one of the key drafters of Vermont’s campaign finance reform law.

Martin Hamburger is a political consultant and partner in the firm of Laguens, Hamburger, Stone based in Washington, DC. He began his career in politics working for the Council for a Livable World, the National Wildlife Federation and the League of Conservation Voters. He has previously served as deputy political director at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee where he advised nearly 80 congressional campaigns. Hamburger also teaches campaign management at American University. He has also consulted with political leaders abroad, in countries like Azerbaijan, Latvia, Russia, Ukraine, and most recently, Burma.

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"Whenever you find you are on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect."

— Mark Twain

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