Independent Voter Project

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 and highly important stage of our election process most often serves the exclusive benefit of the voters who choose to join one of the two major parties.

The general issue is simple: (1) Open Primaries allow everyone to vote in the taxpayer-funded first stage of the election process — a voter controlled election; and (2) Closed Primaries require that a voter join a major political party before they are allowed to participate — a party controlled process.

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