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Welcome to IVN.us' Channel. Join us for discussions on voter rights, election reform, and more from an independent-minded perspective. IVN is supported in part by the Independent Voter Project. Become a member today and support IVP’s mission to advance the rights of nonpartisan voters. We don’t have a party. We don’t have highly paid lobbyists. All we have is you. Just $5 a month helps us combat the partisanship that has overtaken our political system. Click the link below to become a member today!

Welcome to IVN.us' Channel. Join us for discussions on voter rights, election reform, and more from an independent-minded perspective. IVN is supported in part by the Independent Voter Project. Become a member today and support IVP’s mission to advance the rights of nonpartisan voters. We don’t have a party. We don’t have highly paid lobbyists. All we have is you. Just $5 a month helps us combat the partisanship that has overtaken our political system. Click the link below to become a member today!
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Welcome to IVN.us' Channel. Join us for discussions on voter rights, election reform, and more from an independent-minded perspective. IVN is supported in part by the Independent Voter Project. Become a member today and support IVP’s mission to advance the rights of nonpartisan voters. We don’t have a party. We don’t have highly paid lobbyists. All we have is you. Just $5 a month helps us combat the partisanship that has overtaken our political system. Click the link below to become a member today!

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Why Do We Deny 30 Million Citizens Their Right to Vote?

10/16/2019
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NANR Executive Director Jim Jonas interviewed two guests in October. The first was Debilyn Molineaux, co-founder and executive director of the Bridge Alliance Education Fund. Bridge Alliance is a diverse coalition of more than 90 respected, established organizations committed to revitalizing democratic practice in America. Jim and Debilyn discuss the growing coalitions forming to create a healthier democratic ecosystem by reforming elections, boosting civic engagement, and creating better...

Duration:00:47:58

Bipartisan Collusion: The Two-Party Schemes that Kill Political Competition

10/2/2019
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There are two political narratives in American politics: One side with a million reasons to “impeach 45.” The other side with a million reasons why calls for impeachment are just another partisan sham. Those who step outside these narratives risk being sidelined, including the majority of Americans who no longer trust either side to represent them. What is missing from the conversation are the schemes both parties use to kill political competition in the US -- from rigged primaries to...

Duration:00:39:26

"There's Something Rotten in Denmark!"

9/18/2019
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NANR's Executive Director interviews two guests this month. First up, John Opdycke, President of Open Primaries, activist and strategist with more than 25 years of experience working in independent, alternative and reform politics. John discusses how the election reform movement is growing and some of its challenges, "politics as usual," and the ongoing efforts of Open Primaries in Florida, Pennsylvania, Arizona and more. Second, Mac D'Alessandro, State Director of Voter Choice...

Duration:00:48:31

Giving Millions of Citizens A Better Way To Vote

9/4/2019
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New York City voters could soon adopt a fairer, more empowering, and more representative voting method in November, while other states look to join Maine in making history with ranked choice voting in 2020. In this episode of "Toppling the Duopoly" host Shawn Griffiths and FairVote President and CEO Rob Richie discuss the explosive popularity of ranked choice voting, what it means for voters in areas it is currently being used, and all the places it will either soon be implemented or passed....

Duration:00:36:52

Suing Both Parties

8/21/2019
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The National Association of Nonpartisan Reformers' (NANR) first podcast features two topics: first, on data for nonpartisan reform groups. We welcome Paul Westcott from L2 political to provide an update on data and modeling, as well as how NANR’s relationship with L2 can help level the playing field with the NANR Advantage Data Platform. Second, we discuss the important legal actions happening across the country to demand increased competition and choice for all voters. We talk with Chad...

Duration:00:42:47

Unbreaking America: How Just 3.5% of Americans Can Defeat a Rigged Political System

8/7/2019
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In the latest episode of Toppling the Duopoly, an Independent Voter Podcast, host Shawn Griffiths and his guest talk about a short RepresentUs film starring Jennifer Lawrence that gets to the heart of all the political problems in the US, and what YOU can do about it. Shawn is joined by Ellen Moorhouse, the Grassroots Communication Manager for RepresentUs. Ellen and Shawn talk about a screening tour that has taken the short film across the country, educating more and more voters on a...

Duration:00:22:08

Ross Perot: The Legacy of an Independent Candidate

7/24/2019
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Russ Verney and David M. Walker join Deconstructed’s host, T.J. O’Hara, to discuss the political legacy of H. Ross Perot. Mr. Verney was a top advisor and spokesperson for Ross Perot’s 1992 presidential campaign in which Mr. Perot garnered 19% of the popular vote. Mr. Verney was also the first Chair of the Reform Party and Ross Perot’s campaign director during the latter’s 1996 presidential run. David M. Walker is the former Comptroller General of the United States (under Presidents Clinton...

Duration:00:29:29

How Our Political Duopoly Suppresses Your Right to Vote

7/10/2019
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We have come a long way as a country in terms of securing and protecting voting rights in the US. Still, the fight continues to give all voters, regardless of party affiliation, equal access to all stages of the taxpayer-funded election process. Touro Law Review just published a new article to educate legal scholars and the courts on where nonpartisan reform groups stand on equal voting rights in the US, especially as it pertains to the tens of millions of voters who are now registered...

Duration:00:32:40

IVP Attorney: Why Not Give Independent Voters a Meaningful Choice in Presidential Elections?

6/27/2019
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Independent Voter Project (IVP) attorney Chad Peace joined public radio host NPR's Libby Denkmann on KPCC 89.3 to discuss the confusing and unconstitutional semi-closed presidential primary in California and IVP's nonpartisan solution to fix it.

Duration:00:02:48

California RNC Rep Says He Supports IVP's Solution to Unrig CA's Presidential Primary

6/27/2019
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California Republican National Committee member Shawn Steel was included in the latest episode of KPCC's "AirTalk" to discuss the Independent Voter Project's (IVP) public ballot solution to California's confusing and unconstitutional presidential primaries. During the interview, Steel said he supports the proposal. IVP has made this reform proposal its top priority headed into the 2020 presidential election. Stay tuned for more updates.

Duration:00:00:28

NPR Partner Features IVP's Nonpartisan Fix to CA's Confusing Presidential Primary

6/27/2019
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Independent Voter Project attorney Chad Peace was featured on KPCC's "AirTalk" to discuss IVP's nonpartisan solution to California's confusing and unconstitutional presidential primary: the public ballot. Initially proposed ahead of the 2016 presidential primary, the fix would ensure the state's independent voters (registered No Party Preference) get a meaningful choice for president in future elections by letting them choose from all candidates running, regardless of party. This is IVP's...

Duration:00:16:55

The Fight To Make The Presidential Debates Competitive

6/26/2019
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Level the Playing Field Chairman Peter Ackerman joined our podcast to discuss the efforts to allow more than just two-party candidates to compete for President. Ackerman noted, “Instead of 15% based on 5 inaccurate polls, if anyone collects signatures equal to 3% of those who voted in the previous election, about 4 million signatures, they would qualify for the debate stage. The top 3 signature gatherers who make it past the 4 million threshold will get the opportunity. This is a far more...

Duration:00:20:39

Homeland Security's Role In 2020 And Ending Voter Confusion In CA's Presidential Primary

6/19/2019
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Worried about election security? Does the party-focused primary system leave you confused about your voting rights? Will we run into the same issues we saw in 2016 that disenfranchised and frustrated millions of voters in 2020? In the latest episode of "Topping The Duopoly," host Shawn Griffiths talks with Kammi Foote, the chief election administrator in Inyo County, California. Kammi took part in Homeland Security cybersecurity training ahead of the 2020 presidential election as the country...

Duration:00:25:27

NPP Voter Education: Sacramento Registrar Preparing For "Big Undertaking"

6/5/2019
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NPP voters in California are likely going to be confused when their ballot arrives for the March 2020 presidential primary as they will have no option for president. Sacramento County Registrar of Voters Courtney Bailey talks about the huge effort underway to educate and inform NPP voters in her district.

Duration:00:04:26

SMART Elections: Reaching Across the Political Spectrum to Secure The Ballot Box

5/29/2019
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Is it time to dump hybrid voting machines? A new nonpartisan election integrity watch guard group, SMART Elections, wants to make sure the election security issues that continue to come up nationwide in elections don't happen again. "Deconstructed" host TJ O'Hara talks with Emmy award-winning journalist and filmmaker Lulu Friesdat about this new organizations, which is dedicated to working cooperatively across the political spectrum to create a broad-based election reform movement. It is...

Duration:00:28:39

Giving 6 Million CA Citizens Their Right to Vote in the 2020 Presidential Primaries

5/22/2019
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California is headed for a disastrous presidential primary in 2020. Nearly 6 million registered citizens are denied a meaningful vote. Half a million voters have no idea they are registered with a third party, meaning they cannot cast a ballot for any candidate outside that party. Many voters will be confused. Millions more will be disenfranchised. It happened in 2016. It will happen again in 2020, unless something changes. Independent Voter Podcast (IVP) host Shawn Griffiths sits down with...

Duration:00:17:39

UT Columnist Michael Smolens Talks Mark Kersey and Solving the CA NPP Ballot Issue

5/7/2019
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San Diego Union Tribune Columnist Michael Smolens joined us on the IVN Podcast to discuss City Councilman Mark Kersey going independent, the battle to expand the convention center, and the need to reform the CA primary ballot so NPP voters can select the Presidential candidate they want.

Duration:00:21:03

A Brief History of the Rigged Presidential Debates

4/24/2019
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US voters have overwhelmingly said they want a third candidate in presidential debates. As we look ahead to 2020, it seems the bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates will deny them the opportunity once again.. IVN Editor Shawn Griffiths and contributor Wes Messamore go into the history of the debate commission, which has made it all but impossible for candidates outside the Republican and Democratic Parties to appear on the public stage -- all in the self-serving interest of...

Duration:00:36:54

Has Joe Biden Missed His Window of Opportunity?

4/18/2019
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Kitty Kurth joins T.J. O'Hara to discuss Joe Biden's potential presidential run, how he might be challenged, and by whom. They also discuss a few political issues that are specific to Chicago but that have national implications: Jussie Smollett's prosecution (or lack thereof) and the mayoral race that was the first ever contested between two black women, Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle.

Duration:00:29:44

Unrigging America's Failing Political Industry

4/4/2019
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IVN Editor Shawn Griffiths talks with RepresentUs Co-Founder Joshua Graham Lynn about the 2019 Unrig Summit, which celebrated a historic year in political and election reforms during the 2018 midterms. Shawn and Josh break down the 3-day event, the key takeaways, the biggest speakers, and what this gathering of nonpartisan reformers, activists, organizations, and concerned citizens means for the future of unrigging the political duopoly going into 2020 and beyond. Stick around for an...

Duration:00:36:55