One problem with this idea is that it would require legislation that the current legislators will not legislate.
What we should be concentrating on is what we can do now.
Many of us can cast a write in vote with our own name to register a none-of-the-above option.
We can also use that write in vote in 2018 to register a vote against the Big Money candidates offered by the two party duopoly and to create and demonstrate demand for small contribution candidate in 2020.
20-30% of citizens that vote in presidential elections do not vote in off year elections. Just one third to one half of those citizens casting a write in vote for this purpose (if there are no small contribution candidates on their ballot) could total 10-20% of the total vote in 2018.
These citizens can make it clear why they are casting this write in vote by registering at www.onedemand.org now that they want small contribution candidates in 2020. This will let other citizens know before the election what they intend to do which could encourage more citizens to participate because they will see they are not acting alone.
This 10-20% of the vote in 2018 creating and demonstrating demand for small contribution candidates in 2020 could inspire more of the 20-30% of off year non-voters to participate in demanding small contribution candidates in 2020. It could even inspire some of the 40% of eligible voters that don’t vote at all to participate in 2020.
People participate when they believe they can make a difference or send a message.
Citizens can do both by participating in One Demand in 2018.
And this could inspire many more candidates to run as small contribution candidates in 2020.
Even citizens that want to support third parties can participate in 2018. There is nothing stopping any third party candidate from making the commitment to run a small contribution campaign from this point forward in 2018.
And in many instances citizens will not have a third party candidate or the the third party they want to support on their ballot in 2018 so their only option may be a write in vote.
At the very least this opportunity should also be part of the national debate in this election cycle. Get Ralph Nader to take a stand on this opportunity by contacting him through the Ralph Nader Radio Hour and by signing and sharing this petition: