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Let ALL Voters Vote

IVP’s Public Ballot legislation fixes the broken policy that excludes millions of independents from the primary.
Independents would get a Presidential Primary Ballot with ALL the candidates running for President.
Tell California lawmakers “We pay for the primary, so let us vote!”

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Don’t let it happen again.

California now has more than 5.6 million independent, or no party preference voters. And just like in 2016, they are set to face another confusing and disenfranchising primary.

This election now has major power over who our next president will be, since California moved its primary to March. Don’t let it happen again. Don’t let the state’s second largest voting group--independents--be blocked from casting a meaningful vote.

The Facts

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.

Millions of California’s 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 and Legal Solutions

The Independent Voter Project has legislation that would solve significant voting rights and election administration issues with a straightforward and simple solution.

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

Political parties can choose whether or not 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. IVP is standing up for YOUR right to vote.

The political leadership in California has failed to protect the voting rights of nearly 6 million Californians. That’s why we've taken the next step, and filed a voting rights lawsuit against CA’s Secretary of State.

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Notes

*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.