40% cannot vote for candidates today: independents


“Independents are now 40% of the electorate and are playing a major role in national and local politics. “

Enfranchising “independent” citizens is just one way to change the out-dated, “rigged” election system; here are more. – IndependentVoting.org

“The United States is a democracy with a republican form of government. The country belongs to the American people, including voters who register without affiliating with any political party. Elected officials represent all voters in government, and although election methods vary by state, the process usually begins with a primary election. The winners of primary elections face their opponents in a general election. Unaffiliated or independent voters cannot vote in some primaries.

Closed Primaries

“Several forms of primary elections exist among the states. Many are ‘closed primaries,’ meaning only registered members of a party may vote. They must use ballots listing only the names of those representing the voters’ registered party affiliation. Independent and unaffiliated voters cannot vote in closed primaries. According to FairVote.com, 18 states have closed primaries, while in five others only the Republican Party primary is closed.

Open Primaries

“In 19 states, primaries are open to voters of any affiliation, and in two others, only the Democratic primary is open. Independent voters may vote, but only in the primary of one party. Open primaries pave the way for ‘crossover voting,’ in which voters of one party may try to influence the nomination of an opposing party. In seven states, a form of open primary called ‘semi-closed’ prevents crossover voting by allowing only registered independent voters to vote in either primary. In three other states only the Democrats have semi-closed primaries. In most open primaries, voters must declare their party affiliation at the polls.

Top-two Primaries

“Washington and California put the names of all candidates on the same ballot, rendering party affiliation irrelevant during primary elections. Nebraska holds this type of primary for state legislative offices while Louisiana holds a second run-off election when a candidate fails to gain more than 50 percent of the primary vote. The two candidates with the most votes compete in the general election. Any registered voter, including independents, can vote in this form of open election.” – classroom.synonym.com

Wikipedia.org lists these “open primary” states.

States with an open presidential primary

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Massachusetts (All races’ primaries open for “unenrolled”/unaffiliated voters only)
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • New Hampshire
  • North Carolina (All races’ primaries open for unaffiliated voters only)
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma (Only Democratic primary is open to Independent voters as of November 2015)
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin

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