Update

Newsletter: Democrats' Big Mistake?

Are they really debates?

12 Democratic candidates shared a single debate stage Tuesday night in an ordeal that one candidate called nothing more than “reality television,” and another called “demeaning to the American people.”

And despite three Republican challengers entering the 2020 race, the RNC refuses to hold a debate at all.

With the general election around the corner, here’s something to consider:

In 2016, although 71% of voters wanted a third voice in the general election debates, we didn’t get one.

That’s because the two major parties control the debate rules. And the two major parties aren’t interested in a real debate with the American people.

That is why the Independent Voter Project filed another amicus brief in support of Level the Playing Field’s lawsuit to open the presidential debates.

And this momentum across the country can give voters more choice at the ballot box:

Everyday, there is more demand for better elections. But taking on a system controlled by both major parties isn’t easy.

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In the News...

IVN News - Arizona Dems Close Primary

Suicide by Stupidity? Arizona Democrats Close Pres. Primary

BY JACKIE SALIT

The Arizona Democratic Party voted down a resolution to open their presidential primaries to 1.3 million independent voters. It’s difficult to know if this decision was a blind spot of epic proportions or a savage claim by the party to control its turf. READ MORE

IVN News - NYT Endorses RCV

Nation's Largest Newspaper Endorses Ranked Choice Voting

BY SHAWN GRIFFITHS

The New York Times has officially endorsed the use of ranked choice voting in the nation's largest city. NYC voters are set to vote on ranked choice voting in November. If passed, RCV will be used in a city of 8 million people starting in 2021. READ MORE

Jungle Primary

Stop Confusing California’s Top-Two with Louisiana’s Jungle Primary

BY INDEPENDENT VOTER PROJECT

Political consultants and the news media often refer to Louisiana and California both as “jungle” primaries because the “jungle” term perpetuates a negative bias from the partisan class against nonpartisan primaries. But they are not the same. READ MORE

IVN News - Presidential Debates

Presidential Debates and The Bipartisan Collusion to Kill Political Competition

BY SHAWN GRIFFITHS

BOTH parties kill competition with rigged primaries, partisan gerrymandering, and exclusionary debate rules. “There’s this narrative that there are only two options… And voters hate it, they detest that we only have two parties’” says Eli Beckerman, founder of Open The Debates. READ MORE

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What I'm Reading...

Debaters Should Press Biden on Killing Immigration Reform in '07
by Greg Orman, Real Clear Politics

All Voters Vote claims open primaries court challenge based on fear
by Forrest Saunders, ABC Action News

New Yorkers Have a Chance to Remake How They Vote
by New York Times Editorial Board

OPINION: Why Voter Reform Trumps Impeachment
by Wes Messamore, IVN

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