Political parties and electionsWe have been looking at the r

Political parties and electionsWe have been looking at the role of political parties in linking the government to citizens. They are designed to help individuals with similar political values have a voice and work toward policies that reflect those core beliefs. Generally we think of these values as existing on a left-right or liberal-conservative scale. We have two dominant parties (parties that have a legitimate chance of winning elections), one that by and large represents left political ideologies and one that represents right political ideologies. Does our two party system work? Would the interests in individuals benefit from a viable third party? htp://www.salon.com/2016/01/12/why_america_needs_a_third_party_voters_are_growing_more_disgusted_with_the_two_party_system/http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-paine/why-we-n…Our SMDP elections also influence the two-party system and in many cases force us to vote strategically rather than our based on our true beliefs. This process is further complicated by our primary system and the Electoral College. Does our voting system need to change? Are the voice of the people being heard? How can we weigh the idea of holding individual politician directly accountable (as our system does) versus having a system that improves representation for all political values represented in society? https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/03/us/maine-ranked…http://www.newsweek.com/2016/10/28/election-2016-v…