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
John Opdycke - Fulcrum December 29th, 2023 John Opdycke is the founder and president of Open Primaries, a national advocacy organization working to enact and protect open and nonpartisan primaries and enhance the visibility and power of independent voters. This monthly column will offer John’s insights about how a people-powered,...
By Adam Brandon - Real Clear Politics Friday, December 29, 2023 Voter trust and fear over the 2024 election are driving unprecedented interest in independent voters. The candidate who can address these fears, whether that candidate is President Joe Biden or former President Donald Trump, will go on to win....
azcentral - This loss is actually a win for the effort to open Arizona primary elections Opinion: The demise of one proposal to open Arizona's primary elections to all candidates and voters should help a like-minded ballot initiative. By Abe Kwok, Arizona Republic Published Dec. 20, 2023 With a similar...