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Primaries in US elections: Are the alternatives to the primaries inadequate?

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  • Direct elections are better

    Direct elections are the best method of election in a democracy, and the alternatives to primaries are largely pointless. Primaries, whatever their clear faults might be, at least allow people within a party to have a direct say on who they want the candidates to be, and this is an important part of the process.

  • The alternatives are adequate

    Outside of the first dozen or so states, I don't think that primaries are really all that important to the political process of choosing a candidate. In fact, I think the caucus system -- shuffling into a room and counting a show of hands per precinct -- the main alternative, is a more efficient and cost effective way to do things.


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