Essay:Most election systems are basically the same

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The U.S. system of having an elected executive with veto power, and a gerrymandered legislative, is similar to a proportional representation system. Even if we don't have proportional representation, the third parties have an impact by potentially drawing votes away from the major party candidates unless they make concessions. If we don't let third parties run in the general, then they just run in the primary and can pull the major party candidates in that direction (like how Sanders pulled Hillary in that direction).