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Open Primaries

A Presidential Primary for Independents in 2020?

It is no secret that both parties control the presidential nomination process.

But what is less-known is that taxpayers, not the parties, fund the primary election.

So, why wouldn’t every voter, regardless of party, get to participate?

That’s why the Independent Voter Project (IVP) responded to another partisan “solution” this week to California’s confusing (and taxpayer funded) semi-closed presidential primary, which would continue to shortchange over 5.6 million independent voters.

Instead, IVP calls for a simple, nonpartisan solution: a public presidential primary ballot that would allow any voter, regardless of party, to vote for any candidate.

Bottom Line: Let the parties keep their own ballots. Let the parties exclude or include whoever they want. Let the parties decide their own rules of nomination.

BUT, give every voter their fundamental right to participate at every stage of the taxpayer-funded public election process.

The question is: Will state politicians step up this time to defend everyone’s voting rights? Stay tuned for more updates on this big issue.

In The News...

California Presidential Primary is Unconstitutional, Gonzalez-Fletcher Bill is Not a "Solution"

By Independent Voter Project

In response to another partisan "solution" to California's confusing presidential primary, IVP calls for a simple nonpartisan solution: a public presidential primary ballot that would allow any voter, regardless of party, to vote for any candidate.

2019 Unrig Summit Celebrates Historic Victories Over Two-Party Duopoly

By Wes Messamore and Shawn Griffiths

Reform activists from around the country gathered in the Country Music Capital of the World –– Nashville, Tennessee–– over the last weekend in March to celebrate an absolute tidal wave of policy victories in 2018.

Independent Voter Podcast

Howard Schultz: The Centrist Savior In Our Political Crisis?

Howard Schultz

In this special episode, we air an exclusive one-on-one interview with former Starbucks CEO and potential independent presidential candidate Howard Schultz.

Will he be a Trojan horse to break down the duopoly's door?

The Impending Disaster of California's Confusing Presidential Primary

By Independent Voter Project

The 2016 presidential primaries in California didn’t go smoothly. The election was marred by widespread confusion and frustration as millions of voters had to navigate a complex and restrictive semi-closed primary process. As a result, they were completely disenfranchised by the process. Now, this is the Independent Voter Project’s #1 reform priority going into 2020.

What I'm Reading...

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About the Author

Shawn Griffiths

Shawn is an election reform expert and National Editor of He studied history and philosophy at the University of North Texas. He joined the IVN team in 2012.

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