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A Presidential Primary for Everyone

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California’s Presidential Primaries are Blatantly Unconstitutional

California’s constitution says that the legislature shall provide for an open presidential primary.*

So why do we have a semi-closed presidential primary?**

It’s simple. The parties want to control your right to vote.

Elections should serve people, not parties.

Sign up to help us open California’s presidential primary to ALL voters.

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The Facts

California’s 3.5 million No Party Preference voters were denied their full right to vote in 2016.

Approximately 400,000 California voters were mistakenly registered as “American Independent” in 2016, and as a result, could not exercise their right to vote.

Taxpayers fund California’s presidential primary.

The parties do not have to let non-party members vote in their primaries.

An independent candidate has no way to participate in California’s presidential primary.

Legislative Solutions

The Independent Voter Project is drafting legislation that would solve a number of significant issues related to voting rights and election administration with a straightforward and simple solution

Instead of a blank ballot, independent voters (known in California as “No Party Preference”) will get a ballot with EVERY candidate for president.

Political parties can choose whether to count the votes from this ballot.

California would become the first state in history to give independent voters their own ballot.

IVP is standing up for our most important right as Americans against the two most powerful political forces in the world.

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*Article II, Section 5(c) of the California Constitution says, “[t]he Legislature shall provide for partisan elections for presidential candidates, and political party and party central committees, including an open presidential primary.”

**If you visit the California secretary of state’s website, here’s what it says:

How are presidential primary elections conducted in California?

Qualified political parties in California may hold presidential primaries in one of two ways:

  • Closed presidential primary— only voters indicating a preference for a party may vote for that party’s presidential nominee.
  • Modified-closed presidential primary—the party also allows voters who did not state a party preference to vote for that party’s presidential nominee.