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The purpose of Independent Voter News (IVN) is to provide unfiltered political news and policy analysis across the political spectrum. Unlike traditional media, IVN actively encourages writers and readers of differing political tendencies to engage in a constructive dialogue. The mission of IVN is to raise the level of civil discourse to a place where solutions are more persuasive than talking points, and participation is not conditioned on your party affiliation.
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Balance of Power

Podcast: With Major Parties in Power, ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green’

Michael O'Neil, U.S. Communications Manager for the Green Party, joins T.J. O'Hara, host of the Deconstructed podcast from IVN, to discuss the Green Party's past, present, and future. Michael O'Neil has over 15 years of political communications experience and has served the Green Party in a variety of capacities for the past 12 years, including roles as Assistant to the Campaign Manager for Dr. Jill Stein's 2016 presidential campaign and co-manager of that campaign's Brooklyn, NY Office.

Can Ranked-Choice Voting Change U.S. Elections?

Proponents confident they'll get ranked-choice voting on the Mass. ballot

Griffiths is a contributor to Independent Voter News.

Voter Choice for Massachusetts 2020 announced Wednesday that it has smashed the signature requirement to get ranked-choice voting on the November ballot. Campaign workers say they are on pace to collect the most signatures for a ballot initiative in Massachusetts history.

In an email to supporters, the campaign said it has collected 17,084 raw signatures, and is averaging over 800 new signatures per day. It needs 13,347 verified signatures by June 17 to go before state voters in the general election.

If approved, Massachusetts in 2022 would become the second state, after nearby Maine, to adopt the system for electing all state executive officials, legislators and members of Congress.

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Time to engage the biggest electoral bloc: Americans who are not voters

Fisher is deputy director of Unite America, which works to enact and helps finance political reform efforts and candidates "who put people over party." (It is a donor to The Fulcrum.) This piece was originally published by Independent Voter News.
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How a Justin Amash presidential bid could help the cause of democracy reform

Griffiths is a contributor to Independent Voter News, where an earlier version of this piece first appeared.
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