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Bob Perls | Independent Voter NewsBob Perls | Independent Voter News

Bob is a former New Mexico State Representative and former U.S. Diplomat with the Department of State. Bob founded both a c3 and a c4 focused on election reform in New Mexico and currently volunteers extensively for both.

State Court, Politicians Deny Voters the Open Primaries Reform They Demand | Independent Voter NewsState Court, Politicians Deny Voters the Open Primaries Reform They Demand | Independent Voter News

By all accounts New Mexico would seem to be a strong candidate for reform of their primary elections. At least that’s what we thought when we started working with local activists to build support there three years ago.

Political Parties Should Be Players in Our Politics, Not The Rule Makers | Independent Voter NewsPolitical Parties Should Be Players in Our Politics, Not The Rule Makers | Independent Voter News

New Mexico does not have to reinvent the wheel. First, we make primaries nonpartisan so that all candidates run together in a single election open to all voters.

Will the N.M. Supreme Court Block All Paths to End Taxpayer-Funded Closed Primaries? | Independent Voter NewsWill the N.M. Supreme Court Block All Paths to End Taxpayer-Funded Closed Primaries? | Independent Voter News

This is what happened recently in New Mexico where I was part of a team of lawyers put together by the Open Primary Education Fund.

19 States Where It Is Never Too Late to Register to Vote | Independent Voter News19 States Where It Is Never Too Late to Register to Vote | Independent Voter News

The five presidential battlegrounds, with a combined 46 votes in the Electoral College, that have same-day registration are Iowa, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Minnesota (one of the first states to allow the practice, back in 1974) and Michigan (one of the newest

Ranked Choice Voting in Presidential Primaries: Higher Turnout, More Choice, Greater Confidence | Independent Voter NewsRanked Choice Voting in Presidential Primaries: Higher Turnout, More Choice, Greater Confidence | Independent Voter News

New Voting Methods. Ranked Choice Voting in Presidential Primaries: Higher Turnout, More Choice, Greater Confidence. July 23, 2020. The nonpartisan reform group. FairVote. released a. new report.

These 24 States Have Already Made Voting Easier in 2020 | Independent Voter NewsThese 24 States Have Already Made Voting Easier in 2020 | Independent Voter News

New Mexico. Five states have relaxed their normally restrictive rules, mandating a specific excuse for voting at home, to add fear of coronavirus infection as a valid rationale for obtaining an absentee ballot.

National Reformers Spotlight 9 Efforts to Give All Voters an Equal Vote in Elections | Independent Voter NewsNational Reformers Spotlight 9 Efforts to Give All Voters an Equal Vote in Elections | Independent Voter News

Ali reported on 4 new academic studies that focus on the relationship of political competition/representation and primary elections and reform.

Where In the West Are the Presidential Candidates? | Independent Voter NewsWhere In the West Are the Presidential Candidates? | Independent Voter News

The new anti-establishment trend has firmly established itself with Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump gaining unexpected support. However, another trend has gone unexplored by campaign analysts: the lack of candidates from the West.

These 34 States Are Making Voting Easier ahead of November | Independent Voter NewsThese 34 States Are Making Voting Easier ahead of November | Independent Voter News

New Jersey. and. Vermont. along with purplish. Nevada. , where the Trump campaign unsuccessfully sued to block the one-time switch to a mostly vote-by-mail election. And.