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  • Oral Arguments Granted in Suit Against Commission on Presidential Debates Lawsuit

    The U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. will hear oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging the FEC for not properly regulating the Commission on Presidential Debates. The court set a hearing date for Thursday, January 5, 2017, just under two weeks before the next president will be sworn into office. Level the Playing Field and its CEO, Peter Ackerman, originally filed the lawsuit in June...
  • California Legislators to Introduce Revolutionary New Presidential Primary Reform

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 09, 2016Contact: Jeff Marstonjeff@independentvoterproject.org619-820-0321    SACRAMENTO, CALIF. – Assemblymembers Adam Gray (D-Merced), Kristin Olsen (R-Riverbank), and the Independent Voter Project jointly announce the introduction of a new state constitutional amendment, ACA 13, that would create a single nonpartisan presidential ballot so that all California voters have an opportunity to cast a ballot for the candidate of their choice, regardless of their political affiliation, in taxpayer-funded presidential...
  • “50% Plus One” Rule will Decide Many San Diego Races

    SAN DIEGO, CALIF.  – The Independent Voter Project (IVP) is out to educate San Diegans on the need for charter reform. San Diego is one of the largest cities in California that uses the “50% plus one” rule to decide its local elections. Charles Abdelnour, the former city clerk of San Diego for 28 years, who was in office in 1989 when the city changed from the district primary...
  • IVP Files to Remove 50% Plus 1 Primary Rule in San Diego

    The Independent Voter Project (IVP), authors of California’s top-two nonpartisan primary, filed a proposed amendment to the San Diego City Charter to remove the rule allowing a candidate to be elected if they receive over 50% of the vote in a primary election. IVP is requesting this be placed by the City Council on the November general election ballot. Titled, “Right to Vote in the General Election...
  • CA Presidential Primary Rules Disenfranchise Independent Voters

    Across the nation, voters have routinely been confused by overly complex and non-inclusive presidential primary rules. Unfortunately, the trend will continue this June in the Golden State. For non-presidential elections in California, the rules are simple. Every registered voter, regardless of party, can vote for any candidate of their choosing thanks to Proposition 14, the 2010 initiative that created the nonpartisan, top-two primary. This is...
  • Independent Voter Project files amicus brief in case against Federal Election Commission

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   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...
  • IVP Files Amicus Brief in Support of Level the Playing Field Against CPD

    In April of 2016, the Independent Voter Project (IVP) filed a brief of amicus curiae with the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. 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...
  • SD City Attorney Candidates Talk About the Right to Vote in General Election at IVP Forum

      IVP San Diego, a chapter of the Independent Voter Project (IVP), hosted an informative panel discussion on April 8 with four of the five declared candidates running for San Diego city attorney. Among the biggest topics of the night was San Diego’s 50% plus one rule in primary elections. Candidates Gil Cabrera, Rafael Castellanos, Mara Elliott, and Bryan Pease joined a sizable group of...
  • IVP San Diego: Protecting Your Right to Vote

    In 2012, only 2 out of the 7 citywide races went to the general election. And in 2014, just 1 out of 4 citywide elections made it to November. As a result, over 200,000 voters are left without a choice in the general election each year. Latino, African American, and Asian Voters are the most disenfranchised -- by far. Additionally, the law is misleading. The...
  • CA Bill to Allow Open Presidential Primaries Fails Passage in Elections Committee

    The Independent Voter Project (IVP) announced Wednesday that ACR-145, sponsored by Assemblymember Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto) and Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres), which would provide all voters, regardless of political party affiliation, the ability to vote for the presidential candidate of their choice failed passage of the Assembly Committee on Elections and Redistricting. Assemblymembers Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) and Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) voted in favor of...