"I have already intimated to you the danger of parties in the State, with particular reference to the founding of them on geographical discriminations. Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally. "
--George Washington's Farewell Address
Independent Pennsylvanians is an association of independent and independent-minded voters who work to create a more inclusive democracy. FIND OUT MORE...
Independent Pennsylvanians collaborate with Penn State Independents!
Independent Pennsylvanians is teaming up with The College Independents (based out of Penn State) to work on several collaborative projects to open up our democracy in Pennsylvania.
The College Independents is a home for politically Independent, third party, or curious major party students to get involved in campus politics, influence local elections, and just talk about their ideas with a diverse group of students. We host a variety of activities and welcome any and all to come out and see what we're about. Find out more at The College Independents website.
Look out for more on this collaboration in months to come!
Independent Pennsylvanian's testify at Commission Hearings
President Obama recently appointed a new Commission on Election Administration "to improve voter's election process experience." The commission has been traveling around the country holding hearings and listening to testimony from the public. Independent Pennsylvanian's Jennifer Bullock testified at the hearings. To read her testimony, click here...
Bills that are friendly to Independents!
Senate Bill 361: Joint Resolution for Reapportionment
"A Joint Resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, providing for a Legislative and Congressional Reapportionment Bureau for the purpose of reapportioning and redistricting the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania." The intent of this bill is to minimize the impact of influence of the parties on redrawing district lines to favor their candidates. Link to Bill.
Senate Bill 21: Voters Choice Act (Prior Session; 2011-2012)
"An Act amending the act of June 3, 1937 (P.L.1333, No.320), known as the Pennsylvania Election Code, in party organization, further providing for definition of political parties and political bodies; and, in nomination of candidates, further providing for nominations by minor political parties and for nominations by political bodies." This bill aims to remove barriers to candidates seeking office in Pennsylvania. This would make it easier for anyone outside of the two-party system to participate. Link to Bill.
Senate Bill 1295: Open Primaries Bill (Prior Session; 2011-2012)
"Further providing for qualifications of electors at primaries, for primary voting and party officers and for voting procedure; and making a related repeal." This bill allows non-affliated PA voters to vote in primaries in either the Democratic or Republican Primary. Link to Bill.
Pennsylvania is one of 17 states without some form of open primaries. As tax payers, we pay for the primary system for the two parties, however, we are excluded from the process. Help us get open primaries on the agenda in the Pennsylvania house!
JOIN US!Help build the independent movement from the ground up and connect with other independents across the state!
We are committed to supporting independents across the state. See our Independent Bill of Rights for more information on our mission.
We Need Your Help! Congressional Hearings Letter Campaign
Our national office, IndependentVoting.org just launched a campaign asking congress to hold hearings on the barriers that independents face. According to a recent PEW research poll, independents are now 38% of the voting populace. We want to inundate congress with thousands of letters calling for hearings. SEE SAMPLE LETTER...
PREVIEW: How the Independent Movement Went Left By Going Right
Philly Hosting the Presidential commission on Election Administration, Sept. 4th
The President's Commission on Election Administration is holding hearings on improving the voting experience at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Wednesday, September 4th. We invite ALL independents to come out and speak out on behalf of the 40% of Americans who have limited voting rights...Independents.
Barbara Patrizzi from Independent Pennsylvanians recently had an article published in IVN (Independent Voter Network). The article focuses on how closed primaries disenfranchise independent voters in Pennsylvania.