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Report from the President

Jacqueline Salit, President of IndependentVoting.org, hosts a bi-monthly national conference call, updating independents on the latest developments of our growing movement. 
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to a report

 

black america goes
independent.


For generations, African Americans have been politically connected to the Democratic Party. Find out how that is changing and who is leading the way.

Independent groups

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

AL, Independent Alabama

AZ, Independent Voters of Arizona

CA, IndependentVoice.Org

CT, Independent Party

DE, Independent Party of Delaware

FL, Florida Independentvoting.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, Grand Valley State College Independents

MS, Committee for Open Primaries

NC, North Carolina Independents

NH, New Hampshire Independent Voters

NM, Independent Voters of New Mexico

NV, Independent Voters of Nevada (IVON)

NY, New York City Independence Party

OH, Independent Ohio

PA, Independent Pennsylvanians

SC, Independence Party of South Carolina

SD, South Dakota Voice of Independents

TN, Independent Tennessee

UT, Utah League of Independent Voters

VA, Virginia Independent Voters Association (VIVA)

WI, Wisconsin Group for an Independent Voice (WiGiv)

Welcome New Visitors. This is an exciting and challenging time for independent voters and for the independent movement. Independents are now 40% of the electorate. Polls show that 41% of college students consider themselves indies as do 35% of African Americans under the age of 30.


On March 5, 2014, the EndPartisanship coalition filed a lawsuit in New Jersey federal court demanding that every voter should have an equal and meaningful vote at every stage of the state-funded election process, regardless of their party affiliation or non-affiliation. See Lawsuit to Overhaul New Jersey Primary System (Morristown Green). Pictured are coalition partners with the legal team (l to r): Jeff Martson co-chair of Independent Voter Project; Harry Kresky, legal advisor; Jackie Salit, president IV.org; Samuel Gregory, lead counsel; Chad Peace, legal strategist.

Jackie Salit and Steve Peace write about their new coalitional effort -- EndPartisanship -- in A Multiple Independent Discovery in the Huffington Post. "The two of us made this simultaneous discovery, having come from very different places. One of us (Peace) is a political insider, a former Democratic Party power broker and a veteran of California's bruising legislative battles and partisan dysfunction of the 1990s. The other (me) is an outsider, an independent, a community organizer and agitator, whose resume includes the upset election of billionaire Mike Bloomberg as mayor of New York City, the left-right coalition that founded Ross Perot's Reform Party and Lenora Fulani's 1988 independent presidential run."

Fighting for Voters without Parties (the Daily Record)

Group Sues the State to Open Primaires to All ( NJ.com)

Suit to Overturn Primary System (NJhills.com). 


April 13 - Book Club for Independents Hosted by Cathy L. Stewart.

The Cathy L.Stewart Politics for the People Book Club is currently reading its first historical novel---Revolutionary by Alex Myers. Cathy will by joined by the author on the next P4P book club call on Sunday, April 13th at 7:00 pm. In the meantime, pick up a copy of the book, and visit the Politics for the People blog at for an ongoing exploration, videos and discussion of the book. More info


IndependentVoting.org president Jackie Salit was a panelist at USC Schwarzenegger Institute's annual conference on Government and Leadership.  She joined: Kathay Feng, Executive Director of California Common Cause; John C. Fortier, Director of the Bipartisan Policy Center's Democracy Project and Dorothy Siemon, Vice President of AARP's Office of Policy Integration for this conversation focused on political reform moderated by Bonnie Reiss, Global Director of the USC Schwarzenegger Institute.


We've Moved Away from Political Parties. Should Government Too?" The Bangor Daily News editorial board writes "Events in the nation’s capitol offered the perfect backdrop Monday for the Bangor visit of a group advocating for election reforms that remove the two major parties from a position of control over state and federal government elections and operations. Read the entire editorial here .

Federal Judge Halts GOP Effort to Close South Carolina Primaries: Victory for African American, Independent Voters. On August 21st, Jackie Salit and Harry Kresky traveled to South Carolina for an important hearing in our case defending open primaries where federal court judge Mary G. Lewis ruled in our favor in litigation pending since 2010. Read more.


The Presidential Commission on Election Administration is expected to issue their recommendations to the President in December. Send a letter today urging they include the concerns of

independents. 
See the sample letter here.


Sign on to the Letter to the
Presidential Commission on
Election Administration.

"We, the undersigned, are independent voters from
all 50 states. We are deeply concerned that
America’s political process is in a crisis
and that serious attention must be paid to it...
"


Independents testified at Sept. 4th, 2013 Philadelphia hearing of the PCEA. (From left to right: Dona Sauerburger, Steve Weiss, Kevin Soubly, Miriam Chaponniere, Norma Van Dyke, Brandi Martindale, Stephen Richardson, Nancy Ross, Jenn Bullock, Steve Johnson, Joe Ferraro, Greg Moohn).  Commission co-chairs Ginsberg and Bauer confer in the background.


Protect Hawaii's Open Primaries. Jacqueline Salit wrote an open letter to the people of Hawaii which appeared in the Honolulu Star Advertiser.
In it, she urged

Hawaii residents to

sign on to this letter


demanding that the Democratic Party
withdraw its lawsuit to close
Hawaii's primaries.

Obama Electoral Commission Omission: Our Voting System Needs Real Reform. 

The Daily Beast published this op ed below by Harry Kresky and Jacqueline Salit where they take a look at the state of democracy in America, the President's recent effort to address its shortcomings and what independents are doing about it. Read more.


College Independents Poll. Over the course of 8 weeks, a team of four researchers from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro led by Dr. Omar Ali, conducted a face-to-face poll at 16 college campuses across North Carolina. Three-quarters of the students who stopped identified themselves as politically independent. During the two month period of the survey, 1,246 self-identified political independents were interviewed about their views.
Read more

"Independent voters are repeatedly given
second class status." 

Read the letter to the newly appointed Presidential Commission on Election Administration here.


Independent Voters Applaud GOP Retreat from Effort to Close South Carolina Primaries.

IndependentVoting.org, a national association of independent voters and a defender of South Carolina's open primary system, cleared an important hurdle last Friday, when the South Carolina Republican Party withdrew from a lawsuit to close the state's primary elections. Read more.


The 2013 National Conference of Independents took place on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at NYU's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. Over 400 independent voter activists attended the day long conference which opened with this video tribute to their work publicizing the need for nonpartisan structural reform of America's political process in local and national media over the last 2 years. CSPAN coverage here. Slide show here.



Read an excerpt of Independent's Rising on Huffington Post.  Currently available at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound and other major retailer sites.

Politics for the People, was founded in 2002 by Cathy Stewart as a free educational series for independent- minded New Yorkers.  On April 27th, she hosted this dialogue with former Congressman Mickey Edwards, IndependentVoting.org President Jackie Salit and a live audience, on the topic of The Parties vs. The People. The event was broadcast on CSPAN May 3rd and 4th and is can be viewed online here.

Wisconsin and California election analysis. By Harry Kresky, Esq. The Wisconsin recall campaign was, in many respects, a story about the past -- the century-long clash between labor and capital, which surely has a 21st-century post-modern form, but is nonetheless still framed as a battle between competing ideologies and organized interests. Is there a way out of that deadlock?  Read more
   

Top Two Open Primaries Initiative in Arizona.

Congratulations to Arizona's Open Elections, Open Government Coalition for filing over 365,000 petition signatures (259,000 required) with the Secretary of State to put a top two nonpartisan election initiative on the ballot. Despite it's defeat in the election, the initiative was quite controversial and a precursor for things to come. The initiative survived a legal challenge after the state supreme court overturned a lower court ruling, saying that the citizen initiative is in compliance with the Arizona Constitution and should move forward to the November ballot.

Independentvoting.org submitted an Amicus Brief. The Arizona League of Women Voters , one of the initiators of the suit, had published a "Pro/Con Report," which was largely a "con" statement. Independentvoting.org director of national organizing Nancy Ross and lead counsel Harry Kresky and Ted Downing of Arizonans for a Top Two Primary responded to the report in an Open Letter to the League. 

Listen here to Independentvoting.org President Jackie Salit in an interview with Communications Director of the Morrison Institute for Public Policy on Top-Two Proposition: What Nonpartisan Elections Could Mean for Arizona.

Pew

Research

Center

Beyond Red vs. Blue

Independents are not Moderates.  Pew Research Center released a survey last month which was encouragingly called “Beyond Red vs. Blue.”  Encouraging, that is, for the growing number of Americans eager to find a way out of the partisanship which has come to dominate public policy making at nearly every level of government.  Read more


Did Independents Make a Mark in Iowa? 
By Jackie Salit, Huffington Post. Click Here.


JS on Fox

Jackie Salit appeared  on "FOX & Friends" where she gave an independents perspective on the budget negotiations.

Salit's view that the budget crisis further exposes the need for structural political reforms, have recently been echoed by Mickey Edwards in The Atlantic  and Fareed Zakaria in the Washington Post


"Ours is a system focused not on collective problem-solving but on a struggle for power between two private organizations."

Mickey Edwards
"How to Turn Republicans and
Demcorats
into Americans,"

The Atlantic, July/August 2011


Coverage of the
2011 National Conference of Independents is available online:



The Neo-Independent
Click here. 

EDITOR'S NOTE:

"What we tend to see as historic are the dramatic, the explosive--as the world bears witness to events unfolding accross North Africa and the Middle East. Historical transformations, however, take (and have taken) other forms--less perceptible in their intensity, with equally uncertain outcomes."

—Dr. Omar Ali


California Open Primary Initiative Passes. Over two million voters cast a “Yes” vote for Proposition 14 and against partisan politics. As a result, the 3.4 million "Decline to State" independent voters will have equal access to the political process. Read the full statement from the California association for independents.
 

No issue has more popularity among independents than open primaries. Open primaries allow all voters, regardless of their party affiliation, to participate in each round of voting. Learn more about the fight open primaries in the video below.

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Tea Party activists: Don't confuse them with independents. Jackie Salit documents the history of the independent movement and how its goals are not just divergent, but diametrically opposed to that of the Tea Party movement.


     
 

Urge President Obama to Fill Vacancy on FEC with an Independent. The call for President Obama to appoint an independent to the FEC is getting louder.  In December, the New York Times published a letter to the editor from IV.org president Jackie Salit and attorney Harry Kresky in which they responded to a Times editorial, "The Election Sabotage Commission."  Read their letter here. And here to read the letter sent to President Obama by IndependentVoting.org and contact the White House and your Senators.

     

 

Learn more about the Campaign calling for Congressional Hearings on the second class status of independent voters

Sign the
Open Primary Letter
to President Obama

19 million independents voted for Barack Obama, yet we remain largely invisible.  There are now different "facts on the ground" however that have positioned independents for a new phase of growth and development.   

On February 12, 2011 hundreds of independent movement activists from 40 states gathered at a national conference in New York City to discuss that question. 

The 2011 National Conference of Independents was sponsored by IndependentVoting.org and hosted by its President, Jackie Salit who delivered this dynamic multi-media keynote address available on DVD with bonus features. Click to receive your copy

How the Independent Movement went Left
by Going Right.
 

The Untold Story of the Movement that Elected America's First Indepenent President.

Watch the video.


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