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  • Ineffective Reforms Won't Fix Presidential Primary in CA

    On Wednesday, representatives from the Independent Voter Project went to Sacramento to voice their opposition to Assembly Bill 837. The bill, brought by Assemblymember Evan Low, is geared toward educating no party preference voters on how to participate in the state’s semi-closed primary elections. While the Independent Voter Project is strongly in favor of increasing voter education, their opposition to the bill stems from the...
  • IVP Co-Hosts Election Reform Meeting in Kansas City

    Independent Voter Project was proud to co-host an important meeting among reformers including the Centrist Project, Level the Playing Field, Represent.us, FairVote, the Bridge Alliance, and former independent candidate for Senate Greg Orman. They were joined by independent-minded individuals and members of nonpartisan organizations from across the country. Perhaps what is more important than anything we can do individually, is to recognize our collective strength...
  • Letter of Support for Alaska Nonpartisan Top-Two Primary Bill, HB 200

    Dear Representative Gabrielle LeDoux, On behalf of the Independent Voter Project (IVP), I am writing in support of House Bill 200. HB 200 would ensure that taxpayer-funded and publicly-administered elections serve all Alaskan voters. Unlike a traditional partisan primary election system where the purpose is to elect a private nominee, the purpose of a nonpartisan primary is to narrow the field of candidates, regardless of...
  • Where Are Both Parties Suppressing the Right to Vote?

    At no time in history has the issue of “open v. closed primaries” been so prominent in the national discussion as it is today. This is, in large part, because Bernie Sanders made it a plank of his presidential campaign. But it is also a consequence of an important reality: independent voters are the fastest growing segment of the electorate, by far. Yet, the first...
  • Judge: FEC Ignores Evidence Against Debate Commission

    On January 5, the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. heard oral argument in the case, Level the Playing Field, et. al. v. FEC. Level the Playing Field filed a lawsuit challenging the nonprofit status of the Commission on Presidential Debates on the basis that it is not nonpartisan nor does it use “objective criteria” to determine entry into presidential debates... Read the full story...
  • Oral Arguments Heard in Lawsuit Challenging Commission on Presidential Debates' Nonprofit Status

    The U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. heard oral arguments today in the lawsuit filed by Level the Playing Field (LPF) challenging the nonprofit status of the Commission on Presidential Debates, just under two weeks before President-elect Donald Trump will be sworn into office. LPF’s lead attorney, Alexandra Shapiro, provided extensive evidence, analysis, and historical background to support the plaintiffs’ claim that the Commission on...
  • IVP Showcases 'Other Side' Documentary

    The Business and Leadership Policy Conference hosted annually by the Independent Voter Project in Maui, Hawaii, exists to bring legislators, policy advocates, and industry professionals together to exchange ideas and have substantive discussions on the greatest issues affecting California lawmakers, businesses, and state residents. Though the discussion tends to focus on California, legislators and business professionals from other states are invited to share and learn....
  • There is Something About Prescription Drug Costs You Don’t Know

    Health care prices are always on the minds of consumers. This is no surprise since Americans now spend more of their disposable income on health care than at any other point in U.S. history. Scandals like the surge in EpiPen prices add fuel to a perpetual fire over rising health care prices in the United States, including the cost of prescription drugs. However, during the...
  • San Diego Voters Pass IVP Authored “Measure K”

    The Independent Voter Project is proud to have authored, organized, and supported one of the most important election reform measures in the history of San Diego: Measure K. Just months before the 2016 election, most political insiders believed that getting rid of San Diego's "50%+1" rule, which allowed candidates to be elected in low-turnout primaries, would never happen.  After a year of organizing community discussions,...