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Independent groups


CUIP is motivating, training and supporting an activist network of independent leaders who are building throughout the country.

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AL, Independent Alabama

AZ, Independent Voters of Arizona

CA, IndependentVoice.Org

CO, Coalition of Independent Voters in Colorado (CIVIC)


CT, Independent Party

DE, Independent Party of Delaware

FL, Florida Independent Voting.org

GA, Georgia Independent Voters

GA, iMove

IA, Independent Voters of Iowa

ID, American Independent Movement

IL, United Independents of Illinois

 

KY, Independent Kentucky

MA, Massachusetts Coalition of Independent Voters

MD, Independent Movement of Maryland

MI, Michigan Independent Voters

MO, Missouri Independents Stand Together (M.I.S.T.)

MO, Show Me Independents

MS, Committee for Open Primaries

NC, North Carolina Independents

NJ, Independent Voters of New Jersey

NH, New Hampshire Independent Voters

NM, Independent Voters of New Mexico


NV, Independent Voters of Nevada (IVON)

NY, Independence Party

OH, Independent Ohio

OR, Independent Voters of Oregon (IVOO)


PA, Independent Pennsylvanians

SC, Independence Party of South Carolina

SD, South Dakota Voice of Independents


UT, Utah League of Independent Voters

VA, Virginia Independent Voters Association (VIVA)

WA, United Independents of Washington State

WI, Wisconsin Group for an Independent Voice (WiGiv)

 


 

Every six weeks, CUIP president Jacqueline Salit hosts America's largest ongoing national call for independents. She provides updates about what independents are doing around the country and how the movement is growing. Get connected, hear updates. 

 

Next conference call:

Thursday, November 6
8pm ET

Sign up here for more info on the conference call

 

Listen to the 9/18/14 call here
"Eligible to Play? Independents Push the Boundaries of Political Play"

Listen to the 5/28/14 call here
"Midterm Mashup: Bringing Independents into the Mix"

Listen to the 3/18/14 call here
"How Independents Can Make Our Mark in the Midterms"

Listen to the 1/8/14 call here
"Being An Independent: Why It Matters Now More Than Ever "

(NOTE: Brief blip at 18:47 due to technical difficulty)

Read the transcript of the 1/8/14 call here

Listen to the 10/15/13 call here
"Commission to Independents: Stop Talking
Independents to Commission: We're Just Getting Started "

Listen to the 6/25/13 call here
"Mr. President: Tear Down This Wall"

Listen to the 4/23/13 call here
"Where Do We 'Grow' From Here: An Independent View"

Listen to the 1/15/13 call here
"Roads & Roadblocks: How the Independent Movement is Stepping on Toes (including Big Toes!)"

 

    Independents to Picket on Primary Day
 

Listen to this interview with Jackie Salit as she talks about independents inserting our voice into the midterm elections. Voting Rights Are Primary pickets were held in North Carolina, Ohio, in Reno and Las Vegas Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Florida, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, Maryland and Utah accompanied by media attention (both articles and stories about and letters to the editor and opinion pieces by activists published). The campaign generated lots of new supporters.  Additionally, activists in Michigan, New Mexico and Colorado wrote articles that were published in their local papers.

     
 

The Election Reform Committee of IndependentVoting.org has released a report entitled "How to Mobilize and Engage Independents in Your Network" to capture what they learned in the process of organizing independents to participate in the lobbying effort directed at the President's Commission on Election Administration. "We hope that in this report we have captured key lessons in a way that other independent activists all over will find useful," said Steve Richardson, chair of the Committee. The PCEA concluded its process by issuing a set of recommendations to President Obama which notably made no mention of independents. 

The Committee also created a "Core Values and Planning Guide."  Click here to read

     
    REGIONAL ORGANIZING
   

If you live in one of the following areas and would like to be part of a regional call. contact the organizer listed below:

Midwest:  Cynthia Carpathios at independentohio@gmail.com

New England: Evelyn Dougherty eebbdoc1@aol.com

South: Dr. Omar Ali  ohali@uncg.edu

West:  Catana Barnes independentvotersofNevada@gmail.com

 
    ALABAMA
  Bob Friedman, Mark Bodenhausen and Lorna Lindsey (l to r) of Independent Alabama at the Edmund Pettis Bridge march organized by Reverend Sharpton commemorating the historic 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery.
Bob said,"There is an historic bond that ties African Americans and independents together.That bond is based on our shared belief that our democracy must work for everyone, not just the powerful, not just the parties—but for the people! "
     
    ARIZONA

 

Independent Arizona Continues to Fight for Top Two!

The Top Two Open Primary Initiative, Prop 121, lost in Arizona by a margin of 33% to 67%. We congratulate the 473,000+ voters who voted for the initiative.

This was just the beginning of the fight for Top Two. A significant coalition of Democrats, Republicans and Independents came together in support this nonpartisan reform effort and lay the basis for a future fight for nonpartisan elections. Independent activists are using this opportunity to build their organization. If you are interested in participating, please contact brenda@sperduti.net.

     
    FLORIDA
     

 


 

Florida Independent Voting was formed in March 2012 and is coordinated by Duane Pike in Tampa, Ray Hudkins of Pensacola and Choice Edwards in Clermont.

 

Steve Hough has been organizing independents in Panama City, polling voters on the phones at in the streets.  He can be reached at shough195@gmail.com

Jarell Corley is leading the work in Orlando and can be reached at jcorley86@gmail.com

Says Pike, "We now have spokespeople in numerous cities throughout Florida and have developed materials to help in our efforts to contact representatives, write editorials and media requests and build independent organization in Florida.  We urge you to be part of our exciting and important campaign for open primaries here in Florida."

Florida Independent Voting.Org is now a Florida Political Action Committee and has been waging a battle to for a Top Two Open Primary Initiative Petition in Florida. For more info, go to Florida IndependentVoting.org's website.

Please "like" them on Facebook

For more information and to become active, email FloridaIndependentVoting.Org@tampabay.rr.com

     
    KENTUCKY
     

 

Independent Kentucky continues the fight for open primaries and political reform. Contact independentky@gmail.com. or you can find Independent Kentucky here to follow Independent Kentucky's ongoing fight to pass open primary legislation.

IK now has its own IK-Live UStream station where you can check out their latest statewide meeting.  On the last broadcast, IK Chair Michael Lewis spoke about the organization's 120/120 campaign where they are looking to get 120 signatures in each of the Commonwealth's 120 counties.  IK also began phone bank events to reach out to independents around the state. 

     
    MAINE

 

 

If you are a concerned Maine citizen looking to challenge the dominance of the parties over the process and want to get involved, contact Joe Pickering at joepick@aol.com.

Check out video of forums Joe, along with the Bangor League of Women Voters and Bangor Public Library organized, the first, September 30, 2013 which featured prominent independents, including IndependentVoting.org's Jackie Salit and the second (October 2013) and third (May 2014) asked leaders of the parties to address thh issues of independent voters.

(Part 1, Part 2, Part 3). Listen to Joe on WZON radio.

     
    MASSACHUSETTS

 

 

Massachusetts Coalition of Independent Voters is an association representing independents who make up 51% of registered voters.

MCOIV has been reaching out to independents in Massachusetts on the phones and in the streets,

For more info on MCOIV contact eebbdoc1@aol.com

     
    MISSOURI
     
  Natesha Oliver, founded  Missouri Independents Stand Together (MIST) by surveying voters on primary day, August 5 in Kansas City, Missouri.  She said: "It was the first time that I had done anything like this, and I was a little nervous, but I was comfortable in what I was doing and that eased the fear."   Her letter to the editor, "Independents Get Short Shrift," was printed in the Independence Examiner prior to primary day. Natesha is excited about continuing to build M.I.S.T.  Contact her at chancingchange2016@gmail.com to join her.
     
    NEVADA
     
 

Catana Barnes of Reno is the leader of Independent Voters of Nevada (IVON). Nevada is a closed primary state. Barnes is currently calling independents across the state and polling them. The open primary petition can be downloaded here or sign the petition online here

Barnes was quoted in the Las Vegas Sun and appeared on a national radio show The Takeaway.  Read her latest guest editorial in The Humboldt Sun.  For more information or to participate in the campaign, contact Catana at independentvotersofNevada@gmail.com or go IVON's website

     
    NEW HAMPSHIRE
     
 

Led by Tiani Coleman and Susan Erickson, New Hampshire Independent Voters has been out conducting a survey and meeting voters.  Prio to their successful Voting Rights Are Primary picket on primary day, co-chair Tiani Coleman wrote this editorial, "What About Moving to NonPartisan Primaries," which appeared in the Foster Daily Democrat and Keene Sentinel Source

For more information on how to join New Hampshire Independent Voters, contact Tiani Coleman at txc@tianix.com

     
    NEW MEXICO
     
 

Tisha Le Rose, leader of Independent Voters of New Mexico is organizing support for a campaign to push for top two open primaries in New Mexico. 

"Partisanship and gridlock characterize policy making at both state and federal levels of government.   21% of NM registered voters are not registered to either party (18% are decline to state/independent voters).  Closed primaries serve the interests of the political parties and not the people.  Top two nonpartisan primaries put the power where it belongs - WITH THE PEOPLE.

In this system, all candidates appear on one ballot in the first round of voting and all voters participate. The top two vote getters go on to the general election. Top Two primaries empower independents and make it likely that candidates will have to campaign and be responsive to the voters, not just the party leadership. 

Will you sign this petition? Click here!"

Sign the petition and email Tisha to find out how you can participate in Independent Voters of New Mexico at ledesertrose@swcp.com.

     
    NORTH CAROLINA

 


  North Carolina Independents are holding a series of forums, including the recent one at UNC-Greensboro. Dr. Omar Ali (Assoc. Prof of African American & Diaspora Studies & History, UNC-Greensboro) and Donna Moser authored an op ed Declaration of Independents.  Ali was quoted in a Guilford College Newspaper, Politics Are Not Red or Blue and has been a regular on CBS News (here he discusses the disconnect between Americans having the right to vote and voters not excercising that right). And the latest - Moser was interviewed by Yahoo News! in Up for Grabs: North Carolina's New Role as a 2012 Swing State North Carolina Independents which represents the 1.5 million unaffiliated voters is involved in a variety of activities to call for hearings on the biases of independents and to increase to the registration (and voice) of unaffiliated voters in NC.  If you'd like to get involved, email NCI at NC.Independents@gmail.com or check out their website
     
    OHIO
     

 

As one of her first tasks in launching Independent Ohio, Cynthia Carpathios wrote an Op-Ed, "Independent Voters Urge Reforms to Limit Partisan Political Power" that was published in two newspapers, The Signal, a community paper and The Cleveland Plain Dealer, the daily paper of Cleveland.

Her Guest Column has generated an engaged back and forth in the comments section on why independents choose to be independents and prompted the local NBC-TV affiliate (WKYC) to do a story on Independent Ohio.  Click here to view Between the Lines: Independent Voters Launch Group

Independent Ohio is organizing a panel discussion on nonpartisan politics on October 10, "Moving Beyond Partisanship" at Oberlin College.  To find out more or get involved in Independent Ohio, contact IndependentOhio@gmail.com or visit Independent Ohio's website.

     
    OREGON
  Independent Voters of Oregon is be working on mobilizing voters in Oregon for a top two open primary initiative (Vote Yes on 90) that will be on the ballot in November. Spokespersons Charles Young and Bentley Gilbert were intereviewed in an article that appeared on the front page of Roseburg's local paper Sunday edition, the Roseburg News & Review. For more information or to get involved, check out IVOO's new website or contact Charles Young at Charles. Young@umpqua.edu.
     
    PENNSYLVANIA
     
 

Independent Pennslyvanians. Led by Jennifer Bullock, Independent Pennsylvania continue to fight for open primaries.  Read articles in The Philadelphia Weekly and NewsWorks on IPA's informational pickets highlighting independents' exclusion from the process. For more information on Independent Pennsylvania go to Independent Pennsylvania and take the PA Citizen Survey

     
    SOUTH CAROLINA
     
  52 South Carolina Independents signed on to a letter to the editor supporting efforts by a coalition of forces including Independentvoting.org, South Carolina Independence Party (led by Wayne Griffin, left with CUIP attorney Harry Kresky) and 13 local elected officials to keep the primaries open. The coalition intervened on the Republican Party's attempt to have the primaries closed and Judge Michelle Childs ruled in favor of keeping the primaries open.  Congratulations to all! 
     
    SOUTH DAKOTA
     
  In open primaries fight, one down and one to go. Kim Wright, the founder and chair of South Dakota Voice of Independents, has been working tirelessly for open primaries in a state where the legislature leaves it up to the parties to decide whether to welcome independents or keep them out. In October of last year, the Democratic Party voted to open its primaries to independents beginning in 2011. In "Finally, a seat at the table" in the Rapid City Journal, Wright called upon the Republican Party to follow suit, but the GOP let the 12/31 deadline pass without changing its closed-door policy. Read Wright's letter to the editor in the Rapid City Journal.  Read more
     
    UTAH
     
 

More than half of Utah voters (51.5%) consider themselves independent. To give voice to their concerns, the Utah League of Independent Voters (ULIV).  Contact Randy Miller at randy@uliv.org to get involved.

     
    VIRGINIA
     
 

Virginia Independent Voters Association (VIVA) can be reached via their facebook page or by emailing Virginiaindependents@gmail.com. Here's a report by the Northern Virginia crew on their visit to Capitol Hill to meet with Congress and their staff and ask them to hold hearings.

     
     

 
   
     
 

Independents Write President Obama for the Midterms

On Independentvoting.org's October 12 conference call, Jackie Salit urged participants to "Write to President Obama"

110 people wrote letters in the week leading to the Midterm elections.  Read the letters here. You can still write your letter today! Find out what Salit said and where to send your letter here

     
 

The national Coffee Party held its first convention in Louisville, Kentucky the weekend of September 24-26 entitled Restoring American Democracy and Independentvoting.org was invited to be a sponsor of the event by Coffee Party founder Annabel Park.  Michael Lewis of Independent Kentucky and Gwen Mandell, national coordinator of Independentvoting.org conducted a workshop on “The Rise of Independent Voter.” Read More

View "Rise of the Independent Voter" Workshop here

   
     

 

 

 

Newly independent elected officials go to work for political reform. Joelle Riddle (top left), a County Commissioner in La Plata, Colorado, decided that she could serve her constituents most effectively as an independent. So the former Democrat changed her registration - only to find she couldn't run again as an independent because state law requires that would-be candidates who re-register must have done so 18 months in advance of the election. Riddle filed a lawsuit challenging the law; she also turned to State Representative Kathleen Curry (bottom left), then Speaker Pro Tem of the House, asking her to sponsor legislation that would level the playing field. Curry re-registered as an indy too! Read the joint amicus brief filed by CUIP and Riddle in support of State Curry’s appeal which seeks relief from discriminatory deadlines imposed on independent candidates (along with the press release announcing it) and an article about Riddle's efforts in the Durango Herald. Independent Voters for Colorado, launched a petition drive calling for non-partisan open primaries (Top Two).

     
     
 

Independents at Democracy in America Conference. Nancy Ross, CUIP's Director of Special Projects, attended the Democracy in America conference and reports. Read more.

     
  Independents at Claim Democracy Conference. Harry Kresky (pictured on right with US Term Limits and Initiative & Referendum champion Paul Jacob) led a workshop on the subject of fusion-voting and the Independence Party experience in NY at a conference on political reform sponsored by FairVote and 60 other organizations. Read more.
     
 

Oregon Open Primary Initiative Relaunches for 2008. Opening up partisan primaries to independent voters is a litmus test issue on the political reform front and now Phil Keisling, a former Oregon Secretary of State, is planning an effort to put an open primary initiative on the ballot in November 2008. Read more.

     
Photo: Tom Brokaw speaks to AARP audience   Independents Take Action Against Exclusionary Debate. CUIP mobilized independents to write letters to AARP, Iowa Public Television and PBS urging the inclusion of former Senator Mike Gravel and Rep. Dennis Kucinich who were excluded from the presidential forum in Davenport, Iowa. Click here to read more
     
  2007 National Conference of Independents. Hosted by CUIP political director Jackie Salit, 500 independents from 31 states gathered in New York City for a day long event featuring an in-depth look at how independents can increase visibility and influence in the political process.
     
The Southern Regional Conference of Independents.  Georgia Independent Voters ("GIV") co-chair Murray Dabby (right) with independent broadcaster Rob Redding of www.reddingnewsreview.com were among 50 who attended the Southern Regional Conference of Independents in Atlanta, GA.
     
 

2003 National Conference of Independents. 3 hours, 5 minutes CSPAN broadcast covering two panels and an audience Q & A session. New York City January 19, 2003.


 

 
 

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