T E
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T E asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 4 years ago

why bernie sanders didnt want to run as an independent socialist, instead of joining the dem party last year?

he had been an independent for decades.

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  • Ike
    Lv 7
    4 years ago
    Best Answer

    Ballot access.

    [Ballot access rules, called nomination rules outside the United States, regulate the conditions under which a candidate or political party is entitled either to stand for election or to appear on voters' ballots. ]

    [The primary argument put forward by States for restricting ballot access has been the presumption that setting ballot access criteria too low would result in numerous candidates on the ballot, splitting the votes of similar minded voters.]

    [many state legislatures; in many cases, the two major parties wrote the laws such that the burdens created by these new ballot access requirements (usually in the form of difficult signature-gathering nominating petition drives) fell on alternative candidates, but not on major party candidates.]

    Independents have to make sure they can get on the ballot in all 57 voting districts. And each is a separate battle.

  • 4 years ago

    Because he needed a national platform to launch a creditable campaign! Right now I could not name one third party candidate. Yet Bernie is on everybody's radar and has a REAL chance!

  • 4 years ago

    He has not joined the Democrat party.

  • 4 years ago

    He knew he would not get elected as an independent.

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  • 4 years ago

    He knew he didn't have a chance.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    He wanted to win.

  • 4 years ago

    Perhaps there lies his mistake.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

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