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Opinion

January 7, 2014

The right to vote for real change

To the editor:

Many voters in America look at other Western countries and marvel both at the high voter turnout (usually 70-90 percent) and the higher approval levels in other democracies. Now averaging 48 percent and falling, America shows the lowest voter turnout of any developed democracy. With three or more political parties to choose from, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and nearly every European nation show at least 70 percent voter turnout, with some countries exceeding 90 percent. Voters are generally happier and can have greater say in public affairs when they have more choices on the ballot.

Unfortunately, as the two major political parties have become beholden to the same, powerful monied interest groups (casinos, developers, chemical companies, big pharma, prison operators, law enforcement lobby, and the trial lawyers), they’ve blocked third-party ballot access and become less and less concerned with the interests of ordinary Americans. While Congress’s approval rating has fallen to just 9 percent among voters, both parties continue spending this country deeper in debt with corporate welfare, social welfare, Wall Street bailouts, porkbarrel spending, public pensions and entitlement programs.

The Libertarian Party is, by far, the largest of America’s third parties, and is growing both in membership and the number of candidates on the ballot. If you have friends or family members who’ve given up on the political process, send them to LP.org or ask them to get involved in one of our many event groups. I know of no better way to show your support for the Bill of Rights and the idea of smaller government.

Max Abramson

Seabrook

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