Californians Believe Time is Ripe for a Third Major Political Outfit

According to a poll done by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), Californian voters are unhappy with the performance of the two major parties, the Republican Party (GOP) and Democratic Party. Two in every three voters in California affirmed their dissatisfaction with the course the country is taking, and they place the blame squarely on the two significant parties.
While blaming the two dominant parties, 64 percent of Californian voters suggested that a third party might offer solutions to some problems that have remained unsolved or unsolvable under the regimes of both the Democratic and the Republican parties. It is not only the Republicans that are fed up with a two party system, Democrats as well. A whopping 62 percent of Republicans compared with 59 percent of Democrats are convinced that time is ripe for a third party. As expected, over 72 percent of voters who do not lean on either of the sides see the need for a third party. Nevertheless, there are a few voters—36 percent—that are convinced that the two party system is sufficient for the country, and by extension the Golden State.
However, even as more Californians are showing a high appetite for a third political outfit, minor parties are getting less significant by the day in California. A handful of parties are still recognized in the state. They include
• Green Party,
• the Peace and Freedom Party,
• the American Independent Party,
• the Libertarian Party.
Even when combined, the mentioned parties are still comparable to the number of voters in a single Assembly district. The American Independent Party is the third most significant party in California, and its popularity is partly attributable to the innocent mistake of some voters who pick it in their quest to pick no party at all.
How hard is it to register a political party in California? Registering a political party in California is no mean task; the requirements include a large number of Californian voters to enlist over and above other conditions. But some see the red tape in registering a political outfit as a political move to deny other parties a spot on the general election ballot. The current system, top-two, guarantees only two leading candidates a spot on the ballot. However, many Californians, according to PPIC, are okay with the top-two system which contradicts their sentiments regarding a third political party. The Times suggests that voters are unimpressed by their choices but are not willing to open up to more alternatives.



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