In the laudable desire to improve the American voting system, it is often overlooked that the candidates have already been preselected by big business and other moneyed interests. This is done through the huge campaign contributions, without which no candidate has a chance to be nominated, much less elected.

Any reform of our voting system must include the bipartisan campaign finance reform effort as repeatedly proposed by Senators John McCain and Russ Feingold. Only then will we elect officeholders whose principal interest is to serve the voters and not their big-money contributors.

Lisa Buckles

Newbury, Ohio

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