End Electoral Bias Against Independents!

Open Primaries & Break Up Electoral Board Monopolies

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Taken from the IndependentVoting.org website.

Hey, Congress! 40 percent of Americans are Independents! Yet, Independent voters face systemic barriers to democracy. Congress must hold hearings on this structural bias and lay the foundation for change.

IndependentVoting.org has launched a national campaign to lobby Congress to hold hearings on the structural discrimination in our electoral system against independent voters.

The purpose of our campaign is two-fold: 1) To educate Congress and shine a light on the effect of partisan control of the election process, namely that 40% of Americans have a second class status; and 2) to urge Congress to investigate these biases by holding hearings.

A Call for Congressional Hearings:


"Open Letter to U.S. Senators

Dear Members of the U.S. Senate: I want to urge you to support congressional hearings on the second class status of independent voters. Independents are now 38% of the electorate. We are a new force in American politics but face structural barriers that block our full democratic participation. Many states exclude independents from the crucial first round of voting, exclude independents from participation on election boards and as poll workers, and force independents to register as “undeclared,” “unenrolled,” or “other,” rather than as independents, to name just a few barriers. We believe this situation warrants immediate attention at the federal level and urge you to call for public hearings."


You may sign the petition/letter at

https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?hl=en_US&formkey=dFFlQ1EwTEh3OTNMbG9SaVhUV1dSWWc6MA#gid=0

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Ballot Access Reform

by Mike Trout (Candidate) on 10/04/12

I support all the points made above, and submit that as a corrollary action, we have to enact nationwide ballot access reform that places a reasonable cover charge for an average American to get on a ballot, whether they be partisan or nonpartisan. Parties and Election supervisors should not be favoring any candidate (especially not an incumbent) prior to a primary election.

Most states, as far as I know, have as many supervisors or departments of elections as they have county governments, in many cases commanding multimillion dollar budgets.

We talk about public financing of campaigns -- and yet, lo and behold, we ARE financing elections already. We're just not getting as much bang for the buck as we should be.

A supervisor of elections should be active as a promoter of participation in the democratic process, sponsoring seminars and events calculated to educate potential candidates and voters and encourage participation.

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