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Sarah Lyons. Sarah Lyons is the Director of Communications at IndependentVoting.org, a national association of independents. She is a native of Oregon and resides in New York City.

Pro-Voter Groups Stand Up for Safer, Fairer Elections in This Crisis | Independent Voter NewsPro-Voter Groups Stand Up for Safer, Fairer Elections in This Crisis | Independent Voter News

Independent Party of Oregon Makes History with New Voting Method. The third-largest political party in Oregon is answering the question: Can political parties conduct their own primary elections? The short answer: Yes, and the party is using this freedom

Beware The Harvest: What Tops the 6 Downsides of an All-Mail Election | Independent Voter NewsBeware The Harvest: What Tops the 6 Downsides of an All-Mail Election | Independent Voter News

by mail: Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah and Washington. It took them many years to develop their systems, safeguards and capacity to make such all-mail-in elections possible. There are a few salient problems with this national push to move ballots to the

The Biggest Stories You've Missed This Month to End the Two-Party Duopoly | Independent Voter NewsThe Biggest Stories You've Missed This Month to End the Two-Party Duopoly | Independent Voter News

system and transform its electoral process nationwide. It could build on the tremendous momentum the reform community continues to see. The Independent Party of Oregon to Make History with Brand New Voting System. For the first time in history, STAR

New Book: The Need for Political Innovation Greater Now Than before Pandemic | Independent Voter NewsNew Book: The Need for Political Innovation Greater Now Than before Pandemic | Independent Voter News

of democracy is how reformers figure out what proposals are needed to best serve voters. Results Are In For First Election to Use STAR Voting. The Independent Part of Oregon made history by being the first to use STAR (Score Then Automatic Runoff) voting

GOP Sues to Stop California's Plan For an All-By-Mail General Election | Independent Voter NewsGOP Sues to Stop California's Plan For an All-By-Mail General Election | Independent Voter News

Washington, Oregon, Utah and Hawaii — although state law already allows 14 smaller counties in California to hold elections entirely remotely. The lawsuit is one of the most aggressive moves at the courthouse yet by the GOP. It has announced plans to spend $20

New Study Concludes Neutral Partisan Effects of Vote at Home | Independent Voter NewsNew Study Concludes Neutral Partisan Effects of Vote at Home | Independent Voter News

election.California is currently scaling their program (15 counties will utilize vote by mail in2020), with talk of further expanding mail-in voting forNovember. Though Colorado, Hawaii and Oregon also utilize full vote-by-mail elections, these states

Pandemic Elicits Surge to Save A Democratic Process Already in Crisis | Independent Voter NewsPandemic Elicits Surge to Save A Democratic Process Already in Crisis | Independent Voter News

may not know is that 5 states (Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah, and Washington) have all-mail voting systems in which ballots are automatically sent to every registered voter. What is especially notable about the states that use all-mail systems is that they

Convoluted CA Presidential Primary Rules Add to Vote Count Nightmare | Independent Voter NewsConvoluted CA Presidential Primary Rules Add to Vote Count Nightmare | Independent Voter News

as organizations in both states announced new proposals Thursday to establish independent redistricting commissions in their respective states. Petition signatures are also being gathered for similar amendments in Oklahoma, Nevada, and Oregon. The

Three Ways COVID-19 Could Help Trump's Reelection Bid  | Independent Voter NewsThree Ways COVID-19 Could Help Trump's Reelection Bid | Independent Voter News

possibility that they might contract a deadly disease and get seriously ill or even die. Voting from home is one possible solution. Mail-in voting is already used in all 50 states for absentee ballots. Colorado, Washington State, and Oregon have all mail voting