Half the people reading this likely identify as independent voters


Read this Commentary in The Orlando Sentinel by Florida Fair and Open Primaries Director  Steve Hough:

“In a monthly survey, Gallup asks voters whether they consider themselves a Republican, a Democrat or an independent? Their March 2023 survey revealed 49% consider themselves independent.

With these kinds of numbers, why are independents ignored and denied full rights of participation in the electoral process? It’s likely due to a follow-up question asking whether the voter leans more to the Democratic Party or the Republican Party. Without delving deeper, this allows political scientists and pundits to erroneously conclude that we are not truly independent. I’m a lifelong independent, and I’m sure I’m not alone in taking offense.

As the director of Florida Fair and Open Primaries and a Florida task force leader for Veterans for Political Innovation, I interact with people who have discarded their longtime party affiliations and young new voters who are registering without declaring a party affiliation. We are a military-friendly state, yet half of military veterans maintaining a nonpartisan stance after serving cannot vote in our primary elections. I believe there’s a better explanation for the phenomenal growth of self-proclaimed independents than to suggest that we are being deceitful….”



Can Independents Be a Bridge Over Our Partisan Divide?

Insightful piece on the role of independents by Thom Reilly, co-director with Jackie Salit of the Center for an Independent and Sustainable Democracy at ASU

Our findings show that independents have social networks that are structurally different from those of partisans. Specifically, we found that both Democratic and Republican respondents were more likely to frequently talk about politics with independents than with members of the opposing party.”

Read the article in Gathering.Com


Fusion voting brings more people to the polls – The Fulcrum

In a recent article published by The Fulcrum, Wayne Griffin, chair of the Independence Party of South Carolina, denounces a bill aimed at abolishing fusion voting in South Carolina and outlines the impact the bill would have if enacted into law:

“Abolishing fusion would hurt the voters of our state, especially those in the African American community. Fusion allows for the building of electoral coalitions that include minor political parties along with the Democrats or Republicans, coalitions that appeal to the fastest growing (and often largest) group of voters: independents.”

Read the full article here.

Virginia’s results are no mystery, if you know your election history – The Fulcrum

Either party could capture the middle if they studied Ross Perot’s 1992 presidential run, writes Independent Voting President Jacqueline Salit in her recent article in The Fulcrum, published November 19, 2021.

“Flash forward to 2021. That third force has not congealed in traditional ways, yet. But independents who were 34 percent of the electorate in 1993 and are 41 percent today are deciding important elections from top to bottom. Isn’t it time for the Democrats — and the Republicans — to study this history and adjust their playbooks accordingly?”

Read the full article here.


Independents Exercise Increasing Control Over Democratic, Republican Candidates – U.S. News & World Report

It’s time to recognize the power of independent voters.

“We are at something of an inflection point,” says Independent Voting President Jacqueline Salit in an article published today by U.S. News and World Report. But while the power of independents in America’s two-party system is growing, independents believe the system needs to change. Says Open Primaries President John Opdycke, “People who are going independent are not looking for a third party. They’re looking for an end to party politics.”

Read the full article here.