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  • IVP Files a Second Amicus Brief in Support of Level the Playing Field Against CPD

    On September 22, 2017, the Independent Voter Project and 6 individual signatories filed an amicus curiae brief in support of a legal challenge brought by Level the Playing Field (LPF) against the debate commission and its exclusionary presidential debate rules. The brief argues that the bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debate’s (CPD) 15 percent rule exacerbates the political divide in the US, leaves millions of voters unrepresented in presidential elections, and...
  • Independent Voter Project Challenges Presidential Debate Commission in Latest Amicus Brief Filing

    Independent Voter Project Challenges Presidential Debate Commission Joined by Former Governors, US Senators, Admiral, and others  San Diego, CALIF.- In a case that originated almost 3 years ago by Level the Playing Field (LPF), a federal district judge will be determining whether the Federal Election Commission and the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) are creating an arbitrary barrier that prevents independent and third-party candidates from...
  • Assemblymember Brian Maienschein Speaks at San Diego Election Reform Meeting

    Last week, the Independent Voter Project hosted a meeting of election reformers and invited guest speaker California Assemblymember Brian Maienschein (R-77). Assemblymember Maienschein is an election law professor at the University of San Diego, and in the Assembly, he serves on the committees for Human Services, Judiciary, and Governmental Organization. He told those in attendance about the importance of bipartisan support in getting legislation passed,...
  • Election Reformers Gather to "Unrig the System" in Colorado

    This past weekend, leaders from several election reform organizations met in Denver, Colorado, at “Unrig the System,” an event aimed at educating the state’s residents on how to effect change in their own backyard. Over seventy people gathered to hear presentations from those spearheading election reform efforts across the state and to learn what concrete steps they could take to help support those efforts.  The...
  • San Diego Says NO To Special Election: Win For Independent Voter Project

    San Diego, CALIF. – Respecting the will of voters logged a big win in San Diego this week, and the Independent Voter Project is proud that its sponsorship of Measure L played an integral role in the discussion. In a 5-4 vote, the San Diego City Council made a powerful statement in denying the request by Mayor Kevin Faulconer to put two measures before voters...
  • Legal Battle Against Presidential Debate Commission Rages On

    The legal battle against the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) entered a new chapter this week. Plaintiffs in Level the Playing Field, et. al. v. FEC recently filed a second complaint, arguing that the FEC continues to ignore a “mountain of evidence” against the debate commission, and is acting “arbitrarily and capriciously and contrary to law.”   Read the FULL STORY on IVN.us.
  • Chad Peace, Attorney for the Independent Voter Project, Leads Discussion at Election Reform Gathering

    Last night, the newly-formed San Diegans for Election Reform held their first Election Reform Update. Chad Peace, attorney for the Independent Voter Project, brought the group up to speed on both the history of election law as well as current options for future election reform. The group had come prepared with thoughtful questions and a lively discussion ensued.  Watch the full video on the Independent Voter...
  • San Diego Election Reform Bill Passes State Assembly

    A bill that better aligns San Diego County elections with local, state, and federal elections passed the California State Assembly Monday. Assembly Bill 901, authored by Assemblymembers Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) and Todd Gloria (D-San Diego), and supported by the Independent Voter Project, was approved on the floor, 51-24. AB 901 would allow San Diego County, through proposition by county supervisors or a petition of 10%...
  • Letter of Support for San Diego County Top-Two Primary Bill, AB 901

    Dear Chairman Berman, As a lifelong resident of San Diego and a founding member of Independent Voter Project (IVP), I have been asked to share my support, and that of IVP, for Assembly Bill 901, which seeks to ensure that Board of Supervisor candidates are selected in the general election when the most people vote. San Diego is one of the most geographically, ethnically, and...