Calls for Constitutional Amendment for Election Reform
De La Fuente on Ballot in CA, FL, MN, WA, and WI
May 30, 2018 – SAN DIEGO, CA – Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente, the highly successful, San Diego – based businessman who believes American politics are broken and desperately need national election reform, is putting his money where his mouth is. He is running for the US Senate in five states simultaneously to prove just how ludicrous the election process has become, especially for any independent seeking the Presidency.
He is on the ballot in CA, FL, MN, WA, and WI and may also file in DE , HI, and VT.
De La Fuente is emphatic, “Look, everyone knows politics is broken and neither party wants to fix it. The Democrat and Republican parties are comfortable and don’t want to let anyone else in. The last thing they want is a repeat of the Reform Party candidate Ross Perot in 1992.”
De La Fuente unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for President in 2016, but did secure the Reform Party nomination. Coming in third behind Clinton and Sanders, he was the torch bearer for the Reform Party and the American Delta Party, giving Americans a choice besides what he labels “dumb and dumber.”
De La Fuente has shown that by effectively qualifying for the ballot in five states how easy it is to run for US Senate. By the same token, asBallotPedia confirms, the Democratic and Republican parties have gamed the system against other independent candidates that seek the Presidency and orchestrated a two-party domination making it virtually impossible for common sense alternatives.
“Poll after poll shows that the American people are sick of the two-party system and want true election reform, said De La Fuente…I tried running as a Democrat in 2016 and saw how corrupt the DNC was under Debbie Wasserman Shultz with what they did to me and Bernie Sanders.”
“I mean, think about it – I am running for US Senate in five states right now, but technically could be on the ballot in 33 states simultaneously…its Loony Toons!”
In 2018 and 2020 there are thirty-three seats up for re-election. In 2022 there will be thirty-four seats up just like we had in the 2016 race for US Senate.
The qualifications required to hold the office of U.S. Senator are established and set out within the U.S. Constitution in Article I, Section 3, cl 3. There are only three “positive” standing qualifications for the office of U.S. Senator:
- Age — a Senator must be at least 30 years old.
- Citizenship — a Senator must be a citizen of the United States for at least nine
- Inhabitancy—a person elected to the House or Senate must be an “inhabitant” of
the state from which chosen “when elected”.
What makes it all the more confusing and contradictory is that the cost of filing and number of signatures needed to qualify to run vary wildly from state-to-state.
For example, to qualify to run in the state of Hawaii, you need twenty-five signatures and $75. However, in Wyoming you need $200 and can file online. But you only have to be an “inhabitant” of
the state from which chosen “when elected”.
When asked why he picked these particular states, he points out the following:
CA – My five children and I were born in California and I do business in more than twenty cities across the state;
FL – I have owned property and businesses in Florida for more than twenty years and have been paying taxes ever since;
MN – Minneapolis-based renewable energy company.
WA – Commercial fishing enterprise based in Seattle, and
WY – Jackson Hole, WY – Do I need to say more? Love to ski.
By contrast to qualifying for federal state-wide office, the rigors of financing a run for President state-by-state are outrageous and all over the map. For example, New Hampshire is the easiest with a $1,000 filing fee and is the most accessible state in the Union vs California which requires the candidate to gather 178,039 signatures. Just to qualify would require and investment of 3.6 MM. When you look at all the logistics, a run for President as an Independent is in excess of 25MM, just to get ballot access. Then you have to finance a campaign and take your message to the voters.
“The entire process defies logic and common sense,” says De La Fuente.
“You can qualify to be a us senator in Wyoming for $200 and you don’t even have to be a resident until the day you are sworn in, but if you want to run for President as an Independent, you have to build a space colony on Mars,” said De La Fuente.
“The last time we had legitimate three-way race where the candidates were allowed to actually debate was in 1992 with Ross Perot, but it appears neither party wants logical and fair competition, so they make it impossible for anyone else to jump in.”
What’s the solution?
De La Fuente states, “We need election reform – simplify how people can get on the ballot with a fair combination of signatures and filing fees. For Federal elections for President, we need to level the playing field. We need a constitutional amendment that anyone who runs for president needs in between 200 and 1000 signatures and $200 to $5,000 per state for filing fees based on population.”