Third Dimension: July

The primacy of the two-party system has evolved over time since the founding fathers first laid out in the Constitution their grand scheme for an American electoral system, which — by the way — didn't include any mention of political parties.

Now, despite the dominance of Republicans and Democrats in today's political process, third parties can inject intrigue and excitement into the campaign season, bring to light a number of issues that would otherwise be glossed over and point to an alternative for voters who are disenchanted with the usual offerings. Sometimes, they even win.

In's You Decide 2004 reports, the "Third Dimension" takes a look at the role of minor parties, their candidates, issues, activities and impact on the races.

"Third Dimension" features regularly updated audio and print stories chronicling the direction the minor parties are headed and what they hope to do once they get there.

Check back here for frequent updates about the third, fourth and fifth party candidates and the battles they are pitching in the 2004 election season!

Throwaway Vote?
In all of our interviews with activists and candidates, we've asked: What do you say to those who think voting for a third party is wasting your vote? See a comparison of the responses...

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Greens Move in New Direction
Former Texas attorney David Cobb on third party's pick of him over Ralph Nader and Peter Camejo

Audio Clip   • Interview Transcript   • Candidate Profile