Letter to the Editor: Cross-filing doesn't represent the people
November 14, 2013 10:49 AM

When it comes to politics, people retain certain opinions and positions on different subjects. As America’s political democracy system works, certain people are elected to a specified political position to represent a certain constituency.

In Pennsylvania balloting for school board, that political representation is greatly skewed. In this case, the elected on the school boards represent broader political ideas that often contradict each other, such as taxes, school expenditures, school curriculum policies and much more.

This problem is known as cross-filing. Nominees for a school board position are given the ability to run on both sides of the ticket as a Republican or Democrat in the primary elections. What kind of logical sense does this make?

As the current parameters are now, despite one’s registered voter status, a person has the ability to run on their own party’s ticket. He or she is also given the choice to cross-file under the basis that a registered voter of the opposite party files a petition, consisting of a small number of signatures of registered voters from that opposing political party.

The argument for this provision is to appeal to independent and third-party voters. I only see that people who cross-file appeal to the two major parties, Republican and Democratic. But the real problem is that the voter does not know who he or she is voting for to represent their ideas. In this case, voters are unsure what specific political ideas a nominee who cross-files follows.

How is one to know if one’s affiliation is Republican or Democrat when the ballot specifically states both? Not even filling out the preferred party bubble will fix that solution as that also votes for the individuals who have cross-filed.

The thinking behind this is unfathomable. My obvious argument isn’t to discourage voters or have a specific partisan preference. I just want people to actually know who they are voting for.

Cross-filing doesn’t represent the people. It’s just another abused provision to help people win.

Patrick Clark

A senior at Homer-Center High School

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