Undemocratic San Diego Primaries Exclude Vast Majority of Voters

Democracy works best when the greatest number of people participate. It is on the basis of that core belief that the Independent Voter Project wrote Prop. 14, a ballot measure that changed the state’s primary system, in 2010. Under the new top-two rule, California’s primary elections were transformed from partisan to nonpartisan elections for all… Read more »

Are Lawyers to Blame for the Two-Party System?

For generations, Americans have been told that liberty lives within the two-party system. The often uttered narrative states that the two dominant parties offer the best opportunity for voters to reflect upon and promote their own ideals. The 2016 election may irrefutably disprove this theory. An increasing number of polls show a majority of voters… Read more »

Study: The Effect of California’s Nonpartisan Primary on Competition and Voter Confidence

With two election cycles under its belt, California’s nonpartisan primary system has shown positive results for electoral competition and voter confidence. Studies show that changing the first stage of the election from a private party nomination process to a nonpartisan public process results in more competitive elections, produces a more productive legislature, and enhances overall… Read more »

Progressives blast Florida Democratic Party on behalf of Wasserman-Schultz’s challenger

A dispute over access to voter data in a South Florida congressional race is highlighting a divide between the Florida Democratic Party and its progressive caucus. For the second time this month, leaders of the progressive caucus are openly criticizing their party leaders, this time on behalf of Debbie Wasserman Schultz‘s primary opponent. But the caucus’ complaints were immediately… Read more »

Voters Go Indie

Independents, voters who don’t identify with a political party, are the fastest growing part of Florida’s electorate. Last year for the first time, their numbers surpassed those of Democrats in Lee and Collier counties. They’ve become the second-largest part of the electorate in Broward, Miami-Dade, Okaloosa and Osceola counties as well. They’re easily out-pacing the growth… Read more »