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John Oliver Highlights Problematic Aspects of Presidential Primaries and Caucuses

John Oliver Highlights Problematic Aspects of Presidential Primaries and Caucuses

On HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, the host tackled issues related to the presidential primaries and caucuses of both major political parties. The process is governed by party rules that often vary from state to state, and can leave voters feeling left out. Oliver suggests we pick a day after the 2016 process has ended to evaluate how the nomination process might be improved.

Parties, of course, have the right to govern their nomination process however they choose, but there are several ways that the process might be improved to give voters a stronger voice in the process. In addition to using ranked choice voting for primary elections, parties might consider various changes to the nomination calendar. At www.fixtheprimaries.com, several ideas are laid out for consideration. Watch John Oliver's critique of the system:

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