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Voters deserve more competitive contests
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As soon as the dust settles from this year’s election, we want to see the parties start looking toward next year, when state Assembly and Senate races come up. And there’s nothing wrong with starting the search for good candidates for the next set of county and town races in two years, either. Voters deserve more competitive elections.


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This past local election should see the beginning of the end of "machine" politics and its antiquated role in winning elections. As technology and social networks inspire state and local government to become more transparent, and collaborative, voters and citizens alike will seek a more participatory and more influential role in winning elections and governing.

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Regarding third parties, NYS election law states that in order for a statewide party to get on the ballot, they must get 40,000 votes (a rather arbitrary number?) for their gubernatorial candidate. 2014 is the next gubernatorial election. Once they achieve the 40,000 votes, the political party will appear on the statewide ballot for the proceeding four years. Yet, the NYS election law only applies to the creation of the state committee. What usually happens at the local level are party proxy wars among political power brokers which are aimed at establishing the county committees.

Term limits in the NC Legislature might seem to make sense. Some incumbents from both sides of the aisle have served for more than ten years - even since the inception of the body. But, as a result of the recent NC gerrymandering by the GOP, which is designed to entrench local GOP incumbents, there is also the likely outcome of a super-majority in the legislature for the NC GOP. Fortunately, this was not the case in this year's contests. For NC Dems, it is the one vital silver lining in the electoral cloud.

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