The US electoral system is unfriendly, and deliberately so, to third party attempts to get ballot status for presidential candidates. Such candidates face a bewildering thicket of regulations and rules that vary widely from state to state. Why is it that individual states determine who shall be on a presidential ballot? A much fairer system would be one set of rules set by the federal government, rather than fifty sets of rules that require large amounts of money and staff to implement. This is quite deliberate, the Twin Parties of Imperialism don’t want competition.
Then there’s the front-loading of the primaries whereby the candidates for both major parties will now be chosen by February of next year. This further lessens any real choice available to voters by closing the options early. Only those who can raise hundreds of millions need apply. Hint: Anyone who can raise that much money is not beholden to you or I, but rather to their corporate backers.
Then there’s the electoral college. We don’t elect a president. Rather, we elect electoral college delegates who in many cases do not have to follow the will of the voters. This mistrust of the voters has been enshrined in the Constitution since Day One. Clearly, the founding fathers wanted to be able to override a presidential vote if needed.
So, what we have is a system that pretends to be democratic and open, but isn’t really at all.