This is an exciting and challenging time for independent voters in Arizona. Independents are now the largest community of voters in the state having surpassed the number of registered Democrats and Republican, and yet, will not be allowed to vote in the upcoming Presidential primary. Hmmmm...you may say. What’s wrong with this picture?! The answer is simple: partisanship. Partisanship means the dominance of political parties and their interests -- in lawmaking, governing and the very conduct of our elections -- over those of the people. When partisanship is in play, there is gridlock, legislative dysfunction and the people’s interest get the back burner treatment while the parties battle it out for power and majority control. Independent Voters for Arizona is changing that.
Gallup reported in July, 2019 that 46% of Americans self-identify as independents. We have been organizing in Arizona and around the country - not by building a 3rd party - but by creating communities of voters that supports the people’s interest, over narrow partisan interests. We support reforms the empower voters and believe that no American should have to join a political party in order to have the right to vote in every election.Learn More
Independent voters in Arizona have sent letters to each presidential candidate outlining the looming voting rights injustice in which one third of the state’s voters will be denied the right to vote in the primary election because they are independents. The letter notes that independents are permitted to vote in...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: August 23, 2019 Sarah Lyons: 917-658-9885 As Deadline Looms, Maricopa County Recorder Fontes Presses Arizona Democrats to Open the Democratic Presidential Primary to Independent Voters Independents’ Meeting with Arizona Democratic Party Chair Felecia Rotellini & Secretary of State Katie Hobbs Proved Promising Calling open...
Maricopa County Recorder: Democrats should open Arizona's 2020 presidential primary to independent voters
Opinion: Adrian Fontes - August 7, 2019 It makes no sense to let independents vote in every primary election except the one for president. Two things happened the day after Arizona’s disastrous 2016 presidential preference election: I decided to run for Maricopa County recorder, the office that runs these elections. Gov. Doug...