We have heard from a leading Ohio patriot about a subject that very few people know about. Did you know that the Democrat and Republican parties are private corporations and not government agencies?
When we vote in the primary elections, we have to declare our party affiliation so that we can vote on candidates for the respective party. Independent voters do not get to vote for candidates of any party. There is a significant cost to administer the the primary elections for these corporations, and guess who gets to pay for it? Yes, we all have been lulled into believing that primary elections, meant to select a candidate for the general election, is part of our collective duties as citizens to pay for the elections. However, in reality, we are paying the costs for corporations to select who we are going to get to vote for at the general election.
The Ohio patriot proposes that we make the following changes to our election process:
- I am only talking about the parties paying for their own primary elections not the general elections. The primary is only open to people who identify as being part of that political party, so it is not open to everyone and therefore should not be paid for by those who cannot participate. It is an expense that should be paid by the parties themselves as they are private corporations, not government agencies.
- The other change I am proposing is that in every county the two parties, Republican and Democrat appoint two members each to the four member County Board of Elections. While these are unpaid positions, all four County Board of Elections members receive full health care benefits paid for by ALL the taxpayers of that county. These seats should not be reserved only for members of the two dominant parties AND they should be elected not appointed because their benefits are paid for by ALL taxpayers. Furthermore, these member make decisions that affect not just Republican and Democrat candidates but other party and independent candidates for office. Repealing this abuse of tax dollars and this corrupt system of giving the two major parties authority to make rules that suppress other candidates would significantly reduce the incentives for the local county party leaders.