We have extended the date for ending the election to November 29th to ensure greater participation by our members.
The Independent Party has released its Nomination Process for the 2011 1st Congressional District Special Election.
A law enacted by the Oregon Legislature in 2009 allows any candidate who is nominated by more than one official political party to list up to 3 such party nominations next to her or his name on the general election ballot. So the candidates nominated by the Democratic Party and the Republican Party may also try to obtain the nominations of Oregon's minor parties, which include the IPO.
The IPO will not release the name of anyone seeking the IPO nomination who is also running in one of the major party (Democratic or Republican) primary elections until after the date of that election (November 8, 2011). A candidate who runs in but does not win a major party primary cannot, by law, be considered for nomination by the Independent Party.
Voting in the Independent Party of Oregon Special Primary Election will begin on November 14 and end on November 29, 2011. Oregon residents of the 1st Congressional District who were registered as IPO members as of October 1, 2011, will be eligible to vote. Each such member may login and obtain an official ballot at the IPO website (indparty.com), print and complete the ballot, sign it, and return it to the IPO (with a copy of a qualifying identity-validating document) by mail, fax, email, or personal delivery. Only ballots received before 5 p.m. on November 29, 2011, will be counted. The IPO will tabulate the results by November 29. The candidate who receives the most votes will be the nominee. The IPO will issue its Certiﬁcate of Minor Party Nomination by November 30, 2011. If the winning candidate does not file the Certificate of Nomination with the Secretary of State by noon on November 30, 2011, the nomination will be declared vacant, and nominee will be chosen by special emergency procedures.
LATE ENTRIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.