Moore falls short of qualification for House race News-Leader.com Springfield News-Leader
I'm sure glad Dean Moore didn't get on the ballot. I don't need such stiff competition.
But it's probably too bad that the election process is so dominated by political parties that thoughtful, qualified, independent candidates are excluded. I was on the ballot in 2004 and got half as many votes as Moore got signatures, but I was part of a political party, and Moore isn't. Having received fewer votes than Moore got signatures, I was on the ballot, and Moore isn't. Does that make sense to you? It doesn't make sense to me.
Is there any rational, public-spirited reason such an unfair standard is set for independents? Or is it only a self-serving policy of the two major parties? I can understand how the major parties feel. As a candidate, I read the headline, "Moore Falls Short of Qualification for House Race," and my first reaction was, "Whew! That's a relief!"
Let's make it easier for independents to get on the ballot.