Independent Voter Project

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Demand Representation!

Help Stop The Funding Of Private Party Primaries With Our Public Tax Dollars!

When we get 5,000 voters from a given state, we will do a complete legal analysis on the viability of filing a lawsuit in that state

No Taxation Without Representation

In 2012 taxpayers paid over $100 million for party conventions, plus another $400 million to fund private primary elections. You pay for these private party expenses even if you aren't allowed to vote!

To the Major Parties, You Don't Matter

Over 90% of elections are decided during primaries, but because of restrictive elections laws only 10% of people participate. You should not have to join a party to exercise your right to vote.

Parties Monopolized Control of Elections

Both parties have abused the legal system to keep non-partisan voters from participating in primary elections. Party-appointed judges have shaped court precedent to protect party interests.

How Do You Take Back Control?

IVP, on behalf of New Jersey voters from across the political spectrum, has filed a lawsuit currently in the Federal Third Circuit Court of appeals defending the fundamental right to a meaningful vote.

If you believe that elections should be held for people, not private political parties then please take 30 seconds to sign the petition today!


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  • Tim Bond
    signed 2019-02-15 22:54:29 -0800
    Systematically, the parties made the primary election THE most important stage of the overall election process through a combination of clever redistricting and careful rewriting of state election laws.


    As a result, when the November general election comes around, voter’s choices of candidates on the ballot have been pre-determined and “legitimized” by the very few partisans who voted in their party’s primary.


    In many states, this means if you are a registered independent or unaffiliated you’ve had absolutely no voice in choosing who appears on the general election ballot. As a result, often times less than 5% of the electorate is actually deciding who represents 100% of that district or state.


    That makes no sense.


    Elections should serve people. Not parties.


    Equally as concerning is that we are conducting our public election process for the private benefit of two increasingly unrepresentative parties.
  • James Hamby
    signed 2019-02-15 17:50:14 -0800
    Systematically, the parties made the primary election THE most important stage of the overall election process through a combination of clever redistricting and careful rewriting of state election laws.


    As a result, when the November general election comes around, voter’s choices of candidates on the ballot have been pre-determined and “legitimized” by the very few partisans who voted in their party’s primary.


    In many states, this means if you are a registered independent or unaffiliated you’ve had absolutely no voice in choosing who appears on the general election ballot. As a result, often times less than 5% of the electorate is actually deciding who represents 100% of that district or state.


    That makes no sense.


    Elections should serve people. Not parties.


    Equally as concerning is that we are conducting our public election process for the private benefit of two increasingly unrepresentative parties.
  • Donald Cowell
    signed 2019-02-13 18:35:54 -0800
    Systematically, the parties made the primary election THE most important stage of the overall election process through a combination of clever redistricting and careful rewriting of state election laws.


    As a result, when the November general election comes around, voter’s choices of candidates on the ballot have been pre-determined and “legitimized” by the very few partisans who voted in their party’s primary.


    In many states, this means if you are a registered independent or unaffiliated you’ve had absolutely no voice in choosing who appears on the general election ballot. As a result, often times less than 5% of the electorate is actually deciding who represents 100% of that district or state.


    That makes no sense.


    Elections should serve people. Not parties.


    Equally as concerning is that we are conducting our public election process for the private benefit of two increasingly unrepresentative parties.
  • Kelsey Evans
    signed 2019-02-12 12:17:52 -0800
    Systematically, the parties made the primary election THE most important stage of the overall election process through a combination of clever redistricting and careful rewriting of state election laws.


    As a result, when the November general election comes around, voter’s choices of candidates on the ballot have been pre-determined and “legitimized” by the very few partisans who voted in their party’s primary.


    In many states, this means if you are a registered independent or unaffiliated you’ve had absolutely no voice in choosing who appears on the general election ballot. As a result, often times less than 5% of the electorate is actually deciding who represents 100% of that district or state.


    That makes no sense.


    Elections should serve people. Not parties.


    Equally as concerning is that we are conducting our public election process for the private benefit of two increasingly unrepresentative parties.
  • Diego Perez
    signed 2019-02-12 12:14:03 -0800
    Systematically, the parties made the primary election THE most important stage of the overall election process through a combination of clever redistricting and careful rewriting of state election laws.


    As a result, when the November general election comes around, voter’s choices of candidates on the ballot have been pre-determined and “legitimized” by the very few partisans who voted in their party’s primary.


    In many states, this means if you are a registered independent or unaffiliated you’ve had absolutely no voice in choosing who appears on the general election ballot. As a result, often times less than 5% of the electorate is actually deciding who represents 100% of that district or state.


    That makes no sense.


    Elections should serve people. Not parties.


    Equally as concerning is that we are conducting our public election process for the private benefit of two increasingly unrepresentative parties.
  • Alan Butters
    signed 2019-02-08 20:20:46 -0800
    Systematically, the parties made the primary election THE most important stage of the overall election process through a combination of clever redistricting and careful rewriting of state election laws.


    As a result, when the November general election comes around, voter’s choices of candidates on the ballot have been pre-determined and “legitimized” by the very few partisans who voted in their party’s primary.


    In many states, this means if you are a registered independent or unaffiliated you’ve had absolutely no voice in choosing who appears on the general election ballot. As a result, often times less than 5% of the electorate is actually deciding who represents 100% of that district or state.


    That makes no sense.


    Elections should serve people. Not parties.


    Equally as concerning is that we are conducting our public election process for the private benefit of two increasingly unrepresentative parties.
  • Josh Montgomery
    signed 2019-02-06 01:46:20 -0800
    Systematically, the parties made the primary election THE most important stage of the overall election process through a combination of clever redistricting and careful rewriting of state election laws.


    As a result, when the November general election comes around, voter’s choices of candidates on the ballot have been pre-determined and “legitimized” by the very few partisans who voted in their party’s primary.


    In many states, this means if you are a registered independent or unaffiliated you’ve had absolutely no voice in choosing who appears on the general election ballot. As a result, often times less than 5% of the electorate is actually deciding who represents 100% of that district or state.


    That makes no sense.


    Elections should serve people. Not parties.


    Equally as concerning is that we are conducting our public election process for the private benefit of two increasingly unrepresentative parties.
  • Tammy Stankavish
    signed 2019-02-05 13:15:57 -0800
    Systematically, the parties made the primary election THE most important stage of the overall election process through a combination of clever redistricting and careful rewriting of state election laws.


    As a result, when the November general election comes around, voter’s choices of candidates on the ballot have been pre-determined and “legitimized” by the very few partisans who voted in their party’s primary.


    In many states, this means if you are a registered independent or unaffiliated you’ve had absolutely no voice in choosing who appears on the general election ballot. As a result, often times less than 5% of the electorate is actually deciding who represents 100% of that district or state.


    That makes no sense.


    Elections should serve people. Not parties.


    Equally as concerning is that we are conducting our public election process for the private benefit of two increasingly unrepresentative parties.
  • Benjamin Mckeehan
    signed 2019-02-04 11:56:03 -0800
    Systematically, the parties made the primary election THE most important stage of the overall election process through a combination of clever redistricting and careful rewriting of state election laws.


    As a result, when the November general election comes around, voter’s choices of candidates on the ballot have been pre-determined and “legitimized” by the very few partisans who voted in their party’s primary.


    In many states, this means if you are a registered independent or unaffiliated you’ve had absolutely no voice in choosing who appears on the general election ballot. As a result, often times less than 5% of the electorate is actually deciding who represents 100% of that district or state.


    That makes no sense.


    Elections should serve people. Not parties.


    Equally as concerning is that we are conducting our public election process for the private benefit of two increasingly unrepresentative parties.
  • Barbara Patrizzi
    signed 2019-02-04 04:24:12 -0800
    As an unaffiliated voter, I pay taxes that go to the primary elections, and should not have to relinquish my non-partisan registration just to be able to vote. Voting is a right and a responsibility. It should be available openly and freely to all registered voters. Most voters in NJ are not registered as R or D. People, not parties, should hold the power in a democracy.
  • Craig Christy
    signed 2019-01-31 16:08:48 -0800
    Systematically, the parties made the primary election THE most important stage of the overall election process through a combination of clever redistricting and careful rewriting of state election laws.


    As a result, when the November general election comes around, voter’s choices of candidates on the ballot have been pre-determined and “legitimized” by the very few partisans who voted in their party’s primary.


    In many states, this means if you are a registered independent or unaffiliated you’ve had absolutely no voice in choosing who appears on the general election ballot. As a result, often times less than 5% of the electorate is actually deciding who represents 100% of that district or state.


    That makes no sense.


    Elections should serve people. Not parties.


    Equally as concerning is that we are conducting our public election process for the private benefit of two increasingly unrepresentative parties.
  • Theresa Lytle
    signed 2019-01-31 10:01:02 -0800
    Systematically, the parties made the primary election THE most important stage of the overall election process through a combination of clever redistricting and careful rewriting of state election laws.


    As a result, when the November general election comes around, voter’s choices of candidates on the ballot have been pre-determined and “legitimized” by the very few partisans who voted in their party’s primary.


    In many states, this means if you are a registered independent or unaffiliated you’ve had absolutely no voice in choosing who appears on the general election ballot. As a result, often times less than 5% of the electorate is actually deciding who represents 100% of that district or state.


    That makes no sense.


    Elections should serve people. Not parties.


    Equally as concerning is that we are conducting our public election process for the private benefit of two increasingly unrepresentative parties.
  • Dominic Ortega
    signed 2019-01-31 08:51:45 -0800
    Systematically, the parties made the primary election THE most important stage of the overall election process through a combination of clever redistricting and careful rewriting of state election laws.


    As a result, when the November general election comes around, voter’s choices of candidates on the ballot have been pre-determined and “legitimized” by the very few partisans who voted in their party’s primary.


    In many states, this means if you are a registered independent or unaffiliated you’ve had absolutely no voice in choosing who appears on the general election ballot. As a result, often times less than 5% of the electorate is actually deciding who represents 100% of that district or state.


    That makes no sense.


    Elections should serve people. Not parties.


    Equally as concerning is that we are conducting our public election process for the private benefit of two increasingly unrepresentative parties.
  • Teresa Brooks
    signed 2019-01-31 08:35:08 -0800
    Systematically, the parties made the primary election THE most important stage of the overall election process through a combination of clever redistricting and careful rewriting of state election laws.


    As a result, when the November general election comes around, voter’s choices of candidates on the ballot have been pre-determined and “legitimized” by the very few partisans who voted in their party’s primary.


    In many states, this means if you are a registered independent or unaffiliated you’ve had absolutely no voice in choosing who appears on the general election ballot. As a result, often times less than 5% of the electorate is actually deciding who represents 100% of that district or state.


    That makes no sense.


    Elections should serve people. Not parties.


    Equally as concerning is that we are conducting our public election process for the private benefit of two increasingly unrepresentative parties.
  • Leah Kennedy
    signed 2019-01-31 04:58:23 -0800
    Systematically, the parties made the primary election THE most important stage of the overall election process through a combination of clever redistricting and careful rewriting of state election laws.


    As a result, when the November general election comes around, voter’s choices of candidates on the ballot have been pre-determined and “legitimized” by the very few partisans who voted in their party’s primary.


    In many states, this means if you are a registered independent or unaffiliated you’ve had absolutely no voice in choosing who appears on the general election ballot. As a result, often times less than 5% of the electorate is actually deciding who represents 100% of that district or state.


    That makes no sense.


    Elections should serve people. Not parties.


    Equally as concerning is that we are conducting our public election process for the private benefit of two increasingly unrepresentative parties.
  • Tammy Stankavish
    signed 2019-01-24 15:46:57 -0800
    Systematically, the parties made the primary election THE most important stage of the overall election process through a combination of clever redistricting and careful rewriting of state election laws.


    As a result, when the November general election comes around, voter’s choices of candidates on the ballot have been pre-determined and “legitimized” by the very few partisans who voted in their party’s primary.


    In many states, this means if you are a registered independent or unaffiliated you’ve had absolutely no voice in choosing who appears on the general election ballot. As a result, often times less than 5% of the electorate is actually deciding who represents 100% of that district or state.


    That makes no sense.


    Elections should serve people. Not parties.


    Equally as concerning is that we are conducting our public election process for the private benefit of two increasingly unrepresentative parties.
  • Hiram Banda
    signed 2019-01-20 17:30:12 -0800
    Systematically, the parties made the primary election THE most important stage of the overall election process through a combination of clever redistricting and careful rewriting of state election laws.


    As a result, when the November general election comes around, voter’s choices of candidates on the ballot have been pre-determined and “legitimized” by the very few partisans who voted in their party’s primary.


    In many states, this means if you are a registered independent or unaffiliated you’ve had absolutely no voice in choosing who appears on the general election ballot. As a result, often times less than 5% of the electorate is actually deciding who represents 100% of that district or state.


    That makes no sense.


    Elections should serve people. Not parties.


    Equally as concerning is that we are conducting our public election process for the private benefit of two increasingly unrepresentative parties.
  • Melissa Tavery
    signed 2019-01-20 12:42:31 -0800
    Systematically, the parties made the primary election THE most important stage of the overall election process through a combination of clever redistricting and careful rewriting of state election laws.


    As a result, when the November general election comes around, voter’s choices of candidates on the ballot have been pre-determined and “legitimized” by the very few partisans who voted in their party’s primary.


    In many states, this means if you are a registered independent or unaffiliated you’ve had absolutely no voice in choosing who appears on the general election ballot. As a result, often times less than 5% of the electorate is actually deciding who represents 100% of that district or state.


    That makes no sense.


    Elections should serve people. Not parties.


    Equally as concerning is that we are conducting our public election process for the private benefit of two increasingly unrepresentative parties.
  • Abbie Lovelace
    signed 2019-01-18 09:47:47 -0800
    Systematically, the parties made the primary election THE most important stage of the overall election process through a combination of clever redistricting and careful rewriting of state election laws.


    As a result, when the November general election comes around, voter’s choices of candidates on the ballot have been pre-determined and “legitimized” by the very few partisans who voted in their party’s primary.


    In many states, this means if you are a registered independent or unaffiliated you’ve had absolutely no voice in choosing who appears on the general election ballot. As a result, often times less than 5% of the electorate is actually deciding who represents 100% of that district or state.


    That makes no sense.


    Elections should serve people. Not parties.


    Equally as concerning is that we are conducting our public election process for the private benefit of two increasingly unrepresentative parties.
  • Michelle Kesterson
    signed 2019-01-16 23:13:25 -0800
    Systematically, the parties made the primary election THE most important stage of the overall election process through a combination of clever redistricting and careful rewriting of state election laws.


    As a result, when the November general election comes around, voter’s choices of candidates on the ballot have been pre-determined and “legitimized” by the very few partisans who voted in their party’s primary.


    In many states, this means if you are a registered independent or unaffiliated you’ve had absolutely no voice in choosing who appears on the general election ballot. As a result, often times less than 5% of the electorate is actually deciding who represents 100% of that district or state.


    That makes no sense.


    Elections should serve people. Not parties.


    Equally as concerning is that we are conducting our public election process for the private benefit of two increasingly unrepresentative parties.
  • Annid Maldonado
    signed 2019-01-10 06:16:08 -0800
    Systematically, the parties made the primary election THE most important stage of the overall election process through a combination of clever redistricting and careful rewriting of state election laws.


    As a result, when the November general election comes around, voter’s choices of candidates on the ballot have been pre-determined and “legitimized” by the very few partisans who voted in their party’s primary.


    In many states, this means if you are a registered independent or unaffiliated you’ve had absolutely no voice in choosing who appears on the general election ballot. As a result, often times less than 5% of the electorate is actually deciding who represents 100% of that district or state.


    That makes no sense.


    Elections should serve people. Not parties.


    Equally as concerning is that we are conducting our public election process for the private benefit of two increasingly unrepresentative parties.
  • carlos Salas
    signed 2019-01-01 14:55:34 -0800
    Systematically, the parties made the primary election THE most important stage of the overall election process through a combination of clever redistricting and careful rewriting of state election laws.


    As a result, when the November general election comes around, voter’s choices of candidates on the ballot have been pre-determined and “legitimized” by the very few partisans who voted in their party’s primary.


    In many states, this means if you are a registered independent or unaffiliated you’ve had absolutely no voice in choosing who appears on the general election ballot. As a result, often times less than 5% of the electorate is actually deciding who represents 100% of that district or state.


    That makes no sense.


    Elections should serve people. Not parties.


    Equally as concerning is that we are conducting our public election process for the private benefit of two increasingly unrepresentative parties.
  • Shawna Fortunato
    signed 2018-12-31 22:54:46 -0800
    Systematically, the parties made the primary election THE most important stage of the overall election process through a combination of clever redistricting and careful rewriting of state election laws.


    As a result, when the November general election comes around, voter’s choices of candidates on the ballot have been pre-determined and “legitimized” by the very few partisans who voted in their party’s primary.


    In many states, this means if you are a registered independent or unaffiliated you’ve had absolutely no voice in choosing who appears on the general election ballot. As a result, often times less than 5% of the electorate is actually deciding who represents 100% of that district or state.


    That makes no sense.


    Elections should serve people. Not parties.


    Equally as concerning is that we are conducting our public election process for the private benefit of two increasingly unrepresentative parties.
  • Tim Blake
    signed 2018-12-27 03:30:51 -0800
    Systematically, the parties made the primary election THE most important stage of the overall election process through a combination of clever redistricting and careful rewriting of state election laws.


    As a result, when the November general election comes around, voter’s choices of candidates on the ballot have been pre-determined and “legitimized” by the very few partisans who voted in their party’s primary.


    In many states, this means if you are a registered independent or unaffiliated you’ve had absolutely no voice in choosing who appears on the general election ballot. As a result, often times less than 5% of the electorate is actually deciding who represents 100% of that district or state.


    That makes no sense.


    Elections should serve people. Not parties.


    Equally as concerning is that we are conducting our public election process for the private benefit of two increasingly unrepresentative parties.
  • Sean Downing
    signed 2018-12-20 12:31:10 -0800
    Systematically, the parties made the primary election THE most important stage of the overall election process through a combination of clever redistricting and careful rewriting of state election laws.


    As a result, when the November general election comes around, voter’s choices of candidates on the ballot have been pre-determined and “legitimized” by the very few partisans who voted in their party’s primary.


    In many states, this means if you are a registered independent or unaffiliated you’ve had absolutely no voice in choosing who appears on the general election ballot. As a result, often times less than 5% of the electorate is actually deciding who represents 100% of that district or state.


    That makes no sense.


    Elections should serve people. Not parties.


    Equally as concerning is that we are conducting our public election process for the private benefit of two increasingly unrepresentative parties.
  • Barbara White
    signed 2018-12-19 21:44:41 -0800
    Systematically, the parties made the primary election THE most important stage of the overall election process through a combination of clever redistricting and careful rewriting of state election laws.


    As a result, when the November general election comes around, voter’s choices of candidates on the ballot have been pre-determined and “legitimized” by the very few partisans who voted in their party’s primary.


    In many states, this means if you are a registered independent or unaffiliated you’ve had absolutely no voice in choosing who appears on the general election ballot. As a result, often times less than 5% of the electorate is actually deciding who represents 100% of that district or state.


    That makes no sense.


    Elections should serve people. Not parties.


    Equally as concerning is that we are conducting our public election process for the private benefit of two increasingly unrepresentative parties.
  • Joseph Penner
    signed 2018-12-09 13:53:18 -0800
    Systematically, the parties made the primary election THE most important stage of the overall election process through a combination of clever redistricting and careful rewriting of state election laws.


    As a result, when the November general election comes around, voter’s choices of candidates on the ballot have been pre-determined and “legitimized” by the very few partisans who voted in their party’s primary.


    In many states, this means if you are a registered independent or unaffiliated you’ve had absolutely no voice in choosing who appears on the general election ballot. As a result, often times less than 5% of the electorate is actually deciding who represents 100% of that district or state.


    That makes no sense.


    Elections should serve people. Not parties.


    Equally as concerning is that we are conducting our public election process for the private benefit of two increasingly unrepresentative parties.
  • Louis Morris
    signed 2018-12-02 11:28:29 -0800
    Systematically, the parties made the primary election THE most important stage of the overall election process through a combination of clever redistricting and careful rewriting of state election laws.


    As a result, when the November general election comes around, voter’s choices of candidates on the ballot have been pre-determined and “legitimized” by the very few partisans who voted in their party’s primary.


    In many states, this means if you are a registered independent or unaffiliated you’ve had absolutely no voice in choosing who appears on the general election ballot. As a result, often times less than 5% of the electorate is actually deciding who represents 100% of that district or state.


    That makes no sense.


    Elections should serve people. Not parties.


    Equally as concerning is that we are conducting our public election process for the private benefit of two increasingly unrepresentative parties.
  • Robin Pejsa
    signed 2018-11-24 08:42:56 -0800
    Systematically, the parties made the primary election THE most important stage of the overall election process through a combination of clever redistricting and careful rewriting of state election laws.


    As a result, when the November general election comes around, voter’s choices of candidates on the ballot have been pre-determined and “legitimized” by the very few partisans who voted in their party’s primary.


    In many states, this means if you are a registered independent or unaffiliated you’ve had absolutely no voice in choosing who appears on the general election ballot. As a result, often times less than 5% of the electorate is actually deciding who represents 100% of that district or state.


    That makes no sense.


    Elections should serve people. Not parties.


    Equally as concerning is that we are conducting our public election process for the private benefit of two increasingly unrepresentative parties.
  • yuri buechler
    signed 2018-11-14 17:17:21 -0800
    Systematically, the parties made the primary election THE most important stage of the overall election process through a combination of clever redistricting and careful rewriting of state election laws.


    As a result, when the November general election comes around, voter’s choices of candidates on the ballot have been pre-determined and “legitimized” by the very few partisans who voted in their party’s primary.


    In many states, this means if you are a registered independent or unaffiliated you’ve had absolutely no voice in choosing who appears on the general election ballot. As a result, often times less than 5% of the electorate is actually deciding who represents 100% of that district or state.


    That makes no sense.


    Elections should serve people. Not parties.


    Equally as concerning is that we are conducting our public election process for the private benefit of two increasingly unrepresentative parties.