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CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 23: Presidential candidates (R - L) Jill Stein of the Green Party, Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party, Virgil Goode of the Constitution Party and Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party participate in a debate on October 23, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The debate was sponsored by the Free and Equal Elections Foundation and moderated by former CNN talk-show host Larry King. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The Commission on Presidential Debates has released upcoming general election debate information. According to the independent non-profit, third-party candidates must garner 15 percent support in five surveys leading up to the 90-minute debates.

The CPD’s mission is to ensure, for the benefit of the American electorate, that general election debates are held every four years between and among the leading nominees for the offices of President and Vice President of the United States. The commission is not controlled by any political party or outside organization and it does not endorse, support or oppose political candidates or parties. It receives no funding from the government or any political party, political action committee or candidate. The commission has sponsored general election presidential debates in every election since 1988.

Even though this election year is offering up two alternatives to traditional Republican and Democrat party nominees, third-party candidates are currently not part of the upcoming debate line up. Green Party nominee Jill Stein and Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson are pulling voters away from both camps.

Debates are scheduled to begin at 9 pm and end at 10:30 pm. The schedule is as follows:

Presidential Debate

Sept. 26 at Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY

Vice Presidential Debate

Oct. 4 at Longwood University, Farmville, VA

Second Presidential Debate

Oct. 9 at Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

Third Presidential Debate

Oct. 19 at University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV

Should third-party presidential nominees be allowed to debate?