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Andrew Yang’s new Forward Party addresses a Key Issue

Andrew Yang is a former presidential candidate who has created a new political party in the US, called the “Forward Party”, which has solid and promising policies regarding the political system, the economy, workforce and more.

The party’s main dedicated of policy is based around 3 pillars: “

  • Free People: Revitalize a culture that celebrates difference and individual choice, rejects hate, and removes barriers so that each of us can rise to our full potential.
  • Thriving Communities: Reinvigorate a fair, flourishing economy and open society where everyone can live a good life and is safe in the places where we learn, work, and live.
  • Vibrant Democracy: Reform our republic to give Americans more choices in elections, more confidence in a government that works, and more say in our future.””, as they mention on their website.

As a reform of the voting system they support what’s called “ranked choice voting”.

Benefits of ranked-choice voting

In a plurality election with several candidates, the winner may receive less than a majority of the votes, and some may see that as a problem. Cited often is the 2010 Maine governor’s race, when winning candidate Paul LePage (R) received 38 percent of the vote among a divided field of four candidates. Supporters of ranked choice argue that candidates should receive at least 50 percent of the vote to win, proving a broad base of support from their constituents.

Another benefit, depending on whom you ask, is that ranked-choice voting limits the “spoiler” effect of independent or minor-party candidates. In a plurality election, it’s possible for minor-party candidates to siphon off votes from major-party candidates. In the 2000 presidential election, some say that Ralph Nader, from the Green Party, received enough votes that might otherwise have gone to Democratic candidate Al Gore, to swing the election to George W. Bush. 

With ranked-choice voting, voters can select their first choice from the Green Party, the Libertarian Party (or any other non-Democrat or non-Republican), and a candidate from one of the two major parties as their second choice. If no candidate receives 50 percent of the first-choice selections, the voter’s second choice—a Democrat or a Republican—would get the vote.

Ranked-choice voting may also bolster access for military and overseas voters when a primary race necessitates a runoff. States must adhere to federal law mandating that ballots be sent 45 days ahead of time to overseas voters, a hard deadline to meet for a primary runoff. Five states—Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina—use a ranked-choice system for military and overseas voters. This ensures those voters still have a vote in the runoff—their first choice if that candidate is still in the race, or their second choice if the first choice has been eliminated.”, ncsl.org states.

The Forward Party’s policies are focused on reducing corruption in the United States government, modernize it’s function and make it more efficient, Andrew Yang has many times raised concerns over competition from countries like China, who are rapidly funding they’re global spread with the help of technological infostructure and economic activities, just recently was discovered that China runs overseas secret police stations in many countries in Europe and beyond.

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