Independent Voter Project
Independent Voter Project files amicus brief in case against Federal Election Commission
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Independent Voter Project files amicus brief in case against Federal Election Commission:
"Elections should serve people first, not the political parties”
(SAN DIEGO) The Independent Voter Project (IVP) filed a brief of amicus curiae with the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., Wednesday in the case Level the Playing Field, et. al. v. Federal Election Commission. Level the Playing Field, along with the national Green and Libertarian parties, are challenging the legality of a presidential debate rule that prevents candidates outside the Republican and Democratic parties from being competitive in presidential elections.
IVP's brief focuses on the anticompetitive nature of the primary elections, the delegate process, and the presidential debates, and argues that they have a compounding anticompetitive impact that threatens the right to representation altogether.
S. Chad Peace, attorney for the Independent Voter Project and author of the amicus brief wrote, “Without serious introspection, the two parties will continue to measure their strength by the number of offices they hold, rather than the number of voters they represent. The longterm predictable consequence of using this measuring stick will be a loss of the nonpartisan right to representation altogether.”
At its core, this and other related cases are addressing the sentiments of the everyday voters who are leaving the two parties in record numbers. Those voters, who come from all parts of the political spectrum, share one common belief: elections should serve people first, not the political parties.
The full brief can be found here.