About IVN

The Independent Voter Network (IVN.us) is an open news platform for independent-minded authors and readers.

The mission of IVN is to raise the level of civil discourse to a place where solutions are more persuasive than talking points, and participation is not conditioned on your party affiliation.

The current congressional approval rating is just over 10%, trust in the news media is under 30%, most importantly, voters are fleeing the parties in record numbers, with about HALF of Americans now describing themselves as independents. Still, with an increasingly partisan government and media, the voices of independent-minded Americans are not represented.

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The purpose of IVN.us is to provide unfiltered political news and policy analysis across the political spectrum. Unlike traditional media, IVN actively encourages writers and readers of differing political tendencies to engage in a constructive dialogue.


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IVN is able to do this through our etiquette — a four point guideline to encourage constructive conversations.



IVN is supported by it’s co-publishers, the Foundation for Independent Voter Education, a 501(c)3, and the Independent Voter Project, a 501(c)4.

Meet the IVN Editorial Board

FIVE strives to:

  • strengthen independent-minded citizen engagement in politics,
  • educate key stakeholders within our political system to the importance of constructive compromise, and
  • to do so in a way that is unfiltered by the partisanship that often drives larger public dialogue.


Meet the IVN Editorial Team

Shawn Griffiths, In Full Color Column Editor 
Shawn has covered political and election reform since 2012. He brings an in-depth look at reform efforts from across the country that readers cannot find anywhere else, on his column, In Full Color. A native Texan, Shawn studied History and Philosophy at the University of North Texas. FOLLOW SHAWN’S COLUMN

Jeff Powers, IVN San Diego Column Editor
Jeff hosts “Powers Podcast” and the IVN Video Newscast with Lindsay France. Jeff covers local politics and the news stories that make San Diego the unique place it is. It’s something he has done for nearly two decades. First as a TV news anchor, reporter, and producer in San Diego, and now as an editor of IVN San Diego. FOLLOW JEFF’S COLUMN

Lindsay France, Business of Politics Column Editor
Along with serving as IVN’s business editor, Lindsay France covers the White House, Congress, and The Supreme Court. She also hosts the bi-monthly podcast “The Business of Politics”. Lindsay is a member of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. FOLLOW LINDSAY’S COLUMN

T.J. O’Hara, Principal Political Analyst
T.J. is a valued advisor, writer, and the host of the Deconstructed podcast. His work includes three books and a 2012 Presidential run. Today, he lectures and appears nationally on a variety of topics, including how to achieve transformative change and the behavioral neuroscience. LISTEN TO TJ’S PODCAST

Stefani Mills, Development and Communications Manager
Stefani focuses on marketing, production, and social media for the IVN team. Her two great passions are puppies and election reform. Have a question regarding advertising or collaborating? REACH OUT TO STEFANI

In addition to our editorial team, IVN is home to over 400 authors! Interested in publishing on IVN? Submit an article to our editors.

Corrections Policy

See an error? Use the contact form below to let our authors know. If the story needs to be updated, it will be labeled “Updated” at the bottom of the article with a clear description of the changes. Recently updated stories can be viewed in the “Updates” tag.

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