Voter Suppression - The Write-In Gambit

     The Florida Times-Union recently ran an editorial documenting that the Write-In Candidate Gambit is subverting American democracy by disenfranchising millions of voters. I would clarify one point; the filing fee for a major party Congressional candidate is $10,440; a significant personal commitment that should be respected by the process.

     Unfortunately, the Write-In Gambit is but one of many Voter Suppression and Selection Tactics that are routinely abused by shadowy political bosses working out of the Sunshine in Florida and throughout the United States.

     In Florida Congressional District 4 the Write-In Gambit closed seven (7) elections to non-Republicans. In fact, had I not detected this corruption and filed to run as a Democrat minutes before the 24 June 2016 deadline hundreds of thousands of non-Republican voters from Fernandina to Hastings would have been denied the opportunity to vote for their Member of Congress. The District 4 election would have been decided solely by Republican voters on 30 August.

     I took this extraordinary action to preserve the rights of 2/3rds of District 4 voters to vote for their Representative in the Congress. I believe that ALL voters should be able to vote for the persons authorized by the Constitution to declare war and decide how tax monies are spent, not to mention checking the power of the President by shutting down the government from time to time.

      An Amendment to the Florida Constitution is non-enforceable unless the Florida Legislature enacts enabling legislation. Voter Suppression is not just a problem in Florida. I believe a Federal remedy is needed.

     When elected to the US House of Representatives I will work across the aisle to draft comprehensive legislation designed to update Federal election law to conform to 21st Century reality. The legislation will focus on four common abuses.

  • First, to make Voter Suppression and Selection Tactics, such as the Write-In Candidate Gambit, the Partisan Gerrymander and Arbitrary Voter Purges, illegal.
  • Second, to repeal the disastrous Citizens United decision by SCOTUS and enact reforms so Representatives will spend more time representing real people than fund-raising.
  • Third, to provide for robust public financing of elections, again to reduce the pernicious influence of money.
  • Fourth, to reinstate a 21st Century version of the Fairness Doctrine to provide ALL candidates with equal access to the publically franchised communications venues; i.e. radio, broadcast television and cable television. Congress should focus on People First! NOT Money First!