Draiman says that voters deserve to hear from all Mayoral candidates on the ballot
It is anti democratic to ignore candidates who have earned their place to be on the ballot.
In the current political mood and the growing apathy by voters it is imperative that every candidate who is officially on the ballot to be heard by the public.
Ignoring these candidates only reinforces to the voting public that money and not the most qualified candidate is given a chance to run for office with a level playing field.
The deck is stacked against a candidate who is not willing to be swayed by money and political influence. This is a sad day for our Democracy.
The Media and the various organizations who host a candidate forum – debate have a great responsibility to present unbiased information to the public, of all the candidates that appear on the ballot with a level playing field.
To ignore some candidates is a distortion of our Democratic oath and they are practicing the very same unacceptable behavior that they are trying to correct in today’s political scene.
By ignoring candidates who are on the ballot the voters are deprived of critical information and opinions of all the candidates on the ballot. It is a disservice to the community at large.
Angelenos have the right to an open and balanced election process resting on the values of our democracy, which is open to all candidates.
We have to show to the public how real democracy at work – by presenting all the candidates, not just the select few.
The right to vote is the right that protects all other rights. That includes all official candidates.
YJ Draiman for Mayor of Los Angeles 2017
All politicians buy their way into office, so the general public have only the choices of who has spent the most money campaigning and not the most qualified candidate.
Nothing less than Freedom and Democracy depend on reversing changes in our elections that have resulted in our votes being cast and counted in total secrecy and invisibility.
Americans need to put aside any partisan differences to realize that no single party or person or group of people can count the votes in secret with any credibility.
If the people lose control over the election process, they lose the right to govern themselves. The inalienable right to self-governance rests squarely on the integrity of our elections.
The right to vote is the right that protects all other rights.
The right to vote includes the right to have that vote counted openly and properly.
Without that observable transparent count of the votes, we are not free.
Los Angeles 2017
Voting is not only a right, it is also a duty as a citizen. As you said, people fought and died for this right and nowadays many people around the world still do not have this right. That is why I will never understand people who abstain. They are not obliged to choose between one candidate or another but they can make a blank vote.
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