Why independent voters don’t decide elections

Conventional wisdom in Florida politics says the candidate who wins independent voters will win the election. Supposedly, independent and no-party-affiliated voters are swing voters who are centrist and carry no preference toward either party. They identify as independent because they find both parties too extreme, or they swing from one political party to the other… Read more »

Major Party Identification Lingers Near Historic Lows

Gallup released the results of a new survey Monday which shows that the number of self-identifying Republicans and Democrats is stuck near historic lows. According to the results, over 4 in 10 Americans continue to self-identify as independent of the Republican and Democratic parties, leaving Democrats at 29 percent and Republicans at 26 percent of the voting… Read more »

Measure to Establish Nonpartisan Elections in South Dakota Qualifies for 2016 Ballot

Sioux Falls, SD…South Dakotans for a Nonpartisan Democracy committee chair, Rick Knobe, a registered Independent and regional radio talk show host, said that he was elated that the proposed constitutional amendment to establish a nonpartisan primary was given a ‘green light’ by the South Dakota Secretary of States Office. “I think most people are fed… Read more »

Exclusive Interview: Gary Johnson Calls 2016 a ‘Tipping Point’ for Independents

Last week amid considerable speculation, former New Mexico governor and 2012 Libertarian Party presidential candidate, Gary Johnson, formally announced his bid for the 2016 Libertarian Party nomination. In an exclusive interview for IVN, he clarified his announcement and ambitions for his 2016 campaign. Gary Johnson is known for a wide range of accomplishments as an entrepreneur, two-term governor,… Read more »

Opening primaries to more voters would be a win for democracy

There is something anti-democratic about the way Florida shuts voters out of primaries. That’s democratic, small “D,” because both parties tend to play favorites. While an increasing number of Floridians are declaring themselves independents, they often are shut out of deciding who will represent them. Here’s the deal: When every candidate comes from one party, the primary… Read more »