Every six weeks CUIP’s president, Jackie Salit, hosts a national conference call for new and veteran political activists. One hundred and fifty independent leaders from as many as 40 states participate in each of these conference calls, making them the largest regular gathering of independent voters in the country.
Jackie Salit addressed the ensuing presidential race and its current implications:
” I think it’s a fascinating and conspicuous situation that these big anti-establishment, pro-establishment battles are taking place at such a fever pitch inside the parties, while at the same time the numbers of independents in the country are growing steadily.”
Salit interviewed Rep. John Delaney about the Open Our Democracy bill, a bill which Delaney introduced which would enact Top Two nonpartisan primaries for all congressional elections in the United States, make Election Day a national holiday and would enacting national standards for congressional redistricting.
Salit: In spite of our numbers, independents are still pushed to the margins, a serious issue for the country. Cracks in democracy are becoming more serious because so many people are saying there has to be a better way. We are a movement in search of a better way.