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We are a national strategy, communications, and organizing center working to connect and empower the 40% of Americans who identify themselves as independents. Our mission is to develop a movement of independent voters, in partnership with Americans of all persuasions, to reform America's political process, create unorthodox coalitions and use our democracy to develop our nation.

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The last independent invited to participate in a presidential debate was Ross Perot -- 28 years ago.

Appeals court rejects bid to get more outsiders into presidential debates

A long, and long-shot, quest to get more candidates onto the presidential debate stage has run aground in a federal appeals court.

The Libertarian and Green parties, and the nonprofit advocacy group Level the Playing Field, have been challenging the debate qualifications for six years, arguing they unfairly if not unconstitutionally favored the nominees of the two major parties. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals flatly and unanimously rejected all those arguments last week.

Many groups who view the political system as broken place much of the blame on the Republican and Democratic duopoly, which they say will never be weakened unless candidates with other allegiances have a shot at victory. And a prerequisite for getting a serious look for president, they argue, is getting your personality and policies known to the sort of national TV audience only debates command.

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Politics For The People Book Club: "Unrigged" by David Daley

Organizers: Independent Voting and The People

As part of the ongoing collaboration between Independent Voting and The People, you are invited to join Politics for The People Book Club, an innovative online book club where we look at a wide variety of books from an independent, nonpartisan point of view.

  • The spring selection is "UNRIGGED: How Americans Are Battling Back to Save Democracy" by David Daley.
  • Author David Daley will be joining Politics for the People on Sunday, May 31st at 7 pm EST for a rich conversation about the book and the ongoing movement for reforms to put more power in the hands of ordinary Americans.
  • You can join the book club by visiting the blog and signing up to get regular updates.
  • Stay engaged through the blog while you read the book by engaging in lively conversations in the Readers' Forum, reading reviews on the book, and more!
Location: Webinar

Open Primaries National Virtual Discussion

Organizer: Open Primaries

Join a discussion with Jacqueline Salit, president of Independent Voting, and Thom Reilly, chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education. They are co-authors of a chapter in the recently published "Democracy Unchained: How to Rebuild Government for the People." Their chapter ("Can Independent Voters Save American Democracy?) explores how the rapid rise of independent voters will have lasting effects on our politics and system of representative government.

Location: Virtual

Open Primaries National Virtual Discussion

Organizer: Open Primaries

Join a discussion with Michael Hardy, general counsel for the National Action Network, Harry Kresky, counsel to Independent Voting, and Open Primaries SVP Jeremy Gruber. They are co-authors of the Touro Law Review article "Let All Voters Vote: Independents and the Expansion of Voting Rights in the United States." It is a comprehensive review of the legal fights and precedents that shape the current controversy around primary reform and nonpartisan electoral systems. It begins and ends with making the case that fully enfranchising independents is the next step in the expansion of voting rights in the United States.

Location: Virtual

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