What do you think? If they don't do it (the request below), shouldn't everyone who wants it boycott the debates? Also, shouldn't someone actually get a court order preventing the debates for cause? Afterall, "criteria #3 which is based on the candidate's performance in popular polls, because the third party candidates have been consistently excluded from those polls. How can a candidate achieve 15% in polls from which his or her name have been consistently excluded? It's an impossible task."
Isn't that then proof that the debates are frankly illegal? Can Parties conspire to deny access to the media by other parties? If it isn't illegal, it should be. It certainly is against the spirit of the law.
PETITION: We want to see all Presidential Candidates on the 2012 Debate Stage this Fall who qualify on enough ballots to win the Presidential Election!
September 9 Â· Started by Jo Ann Vacirino Â· Invite Friends Â·
To: The Commission on Presidential Debates (www.debates.org)
To whom it may concern at the Commission on Presidential Debates:
This petition aims to demonstrate Electoral Support of otherwise eligible third party candidates who have been excluded from popular polls and therefore face an impossible challenge in meeting criteria # 3.
Please allow all candidates who meet the criteria #1 and #2:
1. EVIDENCE OF CONSTITUTIONAL ELIGIBILITY
2. EVIDENCE OF BALLOT ACCESS
to appear on the debates stage this Fall.
We are asking that you revise or eliminate criteria #3 which is based on the candidate's performance in popular polls, because the third party candidates have been consistently excluded from those polls. How can a candidate achieve 15% in polls from which his or her name have been consistently excluded? It's an impossible task.
(third criteria wording):
3. INDICATORS OF ELECTORAL SUPPORT
The CPD's third criterion requires that the candidate have a level of support of at least 15% (fifteen percent) of the national electorate as determined by five selected national public opinion polling organizations, using the average of those organizations' most recent publicly-reported results at the time of the determination.
It is too late in this election to simply revise the polls to contain the other viable candidates to resolve this problem. At this point, the candidates who have been included already have an unfair advantage.
We ask that you revise the third criteria for debate stage access to reflect circumstances in which the candidates have been excluded from the polls since that type of incomplete polling cannot accurately reflect electoral support.
It is not up to the media and polling companies to decide who Americans get to see on the debate stage. It's up to Americans. Since the polling companies have failed to provide Americans with all of the viable choices in the popular polls, the polling companies can no longer be depended on for a valid report of "Level of Support".
We would like to remind you what your Mission Statement says:
"The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) was established in 1987 to ensure that debates, as a permanent part of every general election, provide the best possible information to viewers and listeners. Its primary purpose is to sponsor and produce debates for the United States presidential and vice presidential candidates and to undertake research and educational activities relating to the debates. The organization, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) corporation, sponsored all the presidential debates in 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008."
Please fulfill your mission and include all candidates who meet criteria 1 and 2 on the debate stage this Fall. Americans are counting on you to produce truly non-partisan, fair and unbiased Presidential Debates.
The no longer silenced electorate
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