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Letter: The need for a third party is now critical

Most of the electorate is in the political center. Neither major party represents the views of most Americans.

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The current political divide illustrates the extreme need for a strong third party to bring the left and the right to the center, where most of the electorate is. Neither the Democrat nor the Republican parties currently represent the views of most of the American people. Let’s look at some issues for examples.

Need for a political third party: According to a Gallup Poll, 62% of Americans think we need a third party.

Term limits: 79-81% of Americans support term limits.

Disclosure of political contributions: Most Americans support disclosure of all political contributions.

Tax reform: Most Americans feel higher-income individuals should pay more and the tax system should be simpler.

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Gun control: 57% of Americans feel there should be stricter gun laws, such as universal background checks, a ban on assault rifles, and a ban on high-capacity magazines.

Election reforms: Most Americans feel we should have a higher voting rate and support same-day registration, expanding mail-in voting, and overturning Citizens United.

Direct election on the popular vote: 62% of Americans support direct elections rather than the Electoral College.

Minimum Wage: 76% of Americans support raising the federal minimum wage.

One third party that is growing is the Alliance Party, which reflects most of the American views shown above.

Tom Marpe, Rochester

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