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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  • 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.
  • Nicholas Kumburis
    signed 2018-11-14 16:28:51 -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.
  • Leigha Jones
    signed 2018-11-12 09:12:14 -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.
  • Matthew Madden
    signed 2018-11-08 08:07:38 -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.
  • Bob Atkin
    signed 2018-11-04 12:52:12 -0800
    Party politics are divisive. Parties seek to divide and conquer. Parties seek money and power. Parties cannot be held accountable, regardless of the promises broken, or changes promised.


    We do not need political parties. We should not support political parties.
  • Alicia Kennedy
    signed 2018-10-27 16:56:59 -0700
    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.
  • Brandy Rowe
    signed 2018-10-27 06:42:11 -0700
    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.
  • Amanda Brady
    signed 2018-10-25 19:31:25 -0700
    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.
  • dawson draughn
    signed 2018-10-22 05:15:05 -0700
    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.
  • Neta Buczkowski
    signed 2018-10-17 17:14:47 -0700
    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.
  • Jack Schultz
    signed 2018-10-15 14:19:16 -0700
    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 Eiland
    signed 2018-10-14 10:49:54 -0700
    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.
  • Amber Wickel
    signed 2018-10-12 19:21:40 -0700
    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.
  • Ellen Mae
    @littlesundancer tweeted link to this page. 2018-10-11 18:45:29 -0700
  • Ellen Mesler
    signed 2018-10-11 18:45:09 -0700
    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.
  • Audie
    @BecomingAudie tweeted link to this page. 2018-10-09 18:14:43 -0700
  • Danielle MacDonald
    signed 2018-10-09 10:06:26 -0700
    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.
  • Aren Jefferson
    signed 2018-10-09 05:11:51 -0700
    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.
  • Chris Conroy
    signed 2018-10-09 00:46:40 -0700
    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.
  • Marci Grimley
    signed 2018-10-08 19:06:37 -0700
    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.
  • ivan olgiati
    signed 2018-10-05 08:36:48 -0700
    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.
  • Samantha Leyerly
    signed 2018-10-04 12:27:12 -0700
    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 England
    signed 2018-10-04 12:25:24 -0700
    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.
  • Amy Cervantes
    signed 2018-10-02 11:35:14 -0700
    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.
  • Meah Prettyman
    signed 2018-09-28 11:21:58 -0700
    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.
  • Allison Macey
    signed 2018-09-28 10:01:25 -0700
    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.
  • Willard Harris
    signed 2018-09-28 01:03:07 -0700
    “A nation divided cannot stand”


    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.