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Independent Voters

Super Tuesday
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An Independent Voter’s Guide to Super Tuesday

Which states let independent voters vote in the primaries on Super Tuesday? Our guide explores different states' rules and requirements for voting on March 5.

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San Diego
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How California’s Voter Guide Calls for Federal Action on Independent Naming Conventions

Hilaire “FUJI” Shioura, an independent candidate running for office in California's 51st Congressional District, highlights the need for action on voter guide conventions.

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American Flag
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10 Reasons to Vote Independent in 2024

Discover the top 10 reasons to consider voting for independent candidates in the upcoming 2024 elections, especially at the local and state levels.

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Liberty
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10 Common Myths About Independent Voters

Explore 10 common misconceptions about independent voters in the United States, from their political affiliations to the spoiler effect and more.

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Voter Sticker
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Caucus vs. Primary Election: Understanding Key Differences

As primary season 2024 approaches, explore the differences between caucuses and primary elections, including the advantages and disadvantages of each system.

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What Is a Blanket Primary Election?

A blanket primary is a type of primary election where all candidates for the same elected office appear on a single ballot, regardless of party affiliation.

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What is the “Spoiler Effect,” Really?

The spoiler effect is rooted in the mechanics of first-past-the-post voting, a system where the candidate with the most votes wins with or without an absolute majority.

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Gen Z
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Gen Z Voter Turnout: What Recent Trends Mean for 2024

Generation Z will play an important role in the outcome of the 2024 elections, as more young voters head to the polls and weigh in on the nation’s political future.

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Handshake Painting
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5 Ways Independent Candidates Contribute to Bipartisanship

Unlike the brand of extreme partisanship we’re experiencing now, bipartisanship leads to more inclusive policies that reflect a broader range of perspectives.

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Flag Flying
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What Is the Democracy Reform Movement?

By pushing for democracy reform legislation, we can change the way our government interacts with citizens to bring about true change for future generations.

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Powerful Trio
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7 Signs That It's Time for an Independent Revolution

More Americans are identifying as independents, seeking alternatives to entrenched party lines. Here are seven signs this movement is about to turn the tide.

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Gerrymandering Map
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Navigating the Labyrinth: Independents and Gerrymandering

From Maryland to Wisconsin, gerrymandering hurts voters across the nation and raises obstacles for independents seeking to run in gerrymandered districts.

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Can Independent Voters Vote in Primaries?

Primary elections vary between states, from open primaries to closed primaries and varieties in between. Learn which states let unaffiliated voters participate.

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Graph Election
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7 Ways Independents Impact Elections — Even if They Don't Win

How do independent political candidates impact elections, even without winning? As the number of independents rises, explore their vast influence in politics.

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Electoral Map
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Swing States: Deciding the Fate of U.S. Presidential Elections

Swing states, or battleground states, play a big role in presidential elections. Which states are swing states, and why do these "purple" states have so much power?

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GOTV
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Get Out the Vote: Inspiring Action for a More Inclusive Future

Imagine a thriving democracy. What do you see? Civic participation and high voter turnout are likely at the heart of this vision. "Get Out the Vote" (GOTV) campaigns enhance election participation and foster civic engagement.

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What is Political Efficacy
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What Is Political Efficacy?

Uncover the concept of political efficacy and its impact on citizen engagement. Explore how political efficacy influences active participation and empowers individuals to make a meaningful difference in the political process.

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Green Party Beliefs
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Green Party Beliefs

The political ideology of Green politics is rooted in community engagement, political activism, & progressive politics. Political values that prioritize environmental justice, Green Party's ideology supports a more fair and equitable society that's more diverse, inclusive, and accessible to all.

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Green Party
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The Green Party's Impact on Politics

The Green Party has been at the forefront of political reform, inspiring political participation and providing an alternative voice grounded in its core beliefs.

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Patriotic Flag
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Libertarianism vs. Republicanism: Contrasting Paths of Political Thought

Libertarianism and Republicanism share a focus on limited government and free markets but differ on social issues and foreign policy. Both political philosophies have helped to shape the current U.S. political landscape.

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USA Map
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The Electoral College Is Even More Anti-Democratic Than You Probably Thought

Who exactly are the members of the Electoral College? Who chose them? It's certainly not us voters.

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Guest Post: Why Independent Means More Than Just Moderate or Centrist

Independent is not a monolithic word. It doesn't mean moderate or centrist, there are conservative and leftist independents too!

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Kermit
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Guest Post: Vote Better With Realer Options

It's a new day. Good Party helps independent candidates run for office and people tired with the two-party system to take action.

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Ballot Boxes
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Open Primary vs. Closed Primary: Exploring Different Primary Election Systems

Open primaries allow voters to choose any party's primary, while closed primaries restrict participation to registered party members. Open primaries have higher turnout but face concerns of strategic voting, while closed primaries preserve party ideology.

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Breaking the Two-Party Duopoly
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Breaking the Two-Party Duopoly: Empowering Political Reform and Expanding Voter Choice

Breaking the two-party duopoly is crucial for expanding voter choice, enhancing voter representation and alternative political options, and fostering political innovation.

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Why Vote Third Party
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Why Vote Third Party?

In a political landscape dominated by two major parties, many people often overlook the choice to vote for a third party. However, third-party voting offers a valuable opportunity to challenge the status quo and bring fresh perspectives.

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How to Switch Politics
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How to Switch Political Parties

The decision of switching political parties is a personal journey and should not be taken lightly. Many individuals struggle with this decision, as it can often involve a complex evaluation of their political beliefs, values, and policy priorities.

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Understanding Political Affiliation: Exploring Different Political Perspectives
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Political Affiliation: Exploring Different Political Perspectives

In today's dynamic world, it's crucial to grasp the significance of political affiliation. It shapes perspectives and beliefs. Political affiliation is identifying with a particular political party or ideology.

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Overcoming Apathy: Why Voting for Independent Candidates Can Make a Difference
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Overcoming Apathy: Why Voting for Independent Candidates Can Make a Difference

Today’s article explores the roles of political parties and the significance of independent candidates and why voting for them can substantially change the political sphere.

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Independent Voters
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Understanding Independent Voters: Their Impact on American Politics

Explore the impact of independent voters on American politics. Learn about their attitudes, differences from partisans, and growing numbers. Discover how they shape the democratic process and influence elections.

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what are independent voters in the US?
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What Are Independent Voters?

Learn what independent voters are and why they're a crucial demographic in elections. Discover how to appeal to independent voters and win their support.

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Declare
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How and why you should register as an independent

50% of Americans identify as independent voters. Registering as an independent allows voting for platforms rather than party affiliations and having a voice in primaries. Normalizing independent voter registration can promote moderate and centrist policies.

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wasted vote
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Voting For Third-Party And Independent Candidates: Why It's Not A Wasted Vote

Third-party candidates in the country have long been perceived as candidates with no chance of winning. Therefore, people view voting third party as a wasted vote. Thus, many electorates feel they must either vote for the "lesser of two evils" or risk throwing away their vote.

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Voter apathy
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Tackling Voter Apathy: Engaging And Empowering Younger Voters

Discover effective strategies for combating voter apathy and increasing political engagement. From encouraging voter education to promoting grassroots activism, learn how to empower individuals to take an active role in shaping their communities and the world around them.

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Ice Cream Ideals
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What are the policy views of young independents?

Part 2 of our young voter independent voter report.

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Good Party's 2023 Independent voter report - Part 1

Our team ran a research exercise with 530 people to help determine the state of the independent voter in 2023. All participants in this experiment identified themselves as independents or reluctant partisans. This is the first article in a series about our findings from the investigation.

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