INDEPENDENT PARTY OF OREGON 2016 PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE BALLOT & MEMBER SURVEY
ATTENTION OREGON VOTERS - This is your opportunity to help the Independent Party of Oregon select a candidate for President. Because Oregon allows candidates to list more than one party nomination after their name on the ballot, the winner of the IPO nomination will be listed as "Independent Democrat" or "Independent Republican".
Don't like any of the candidates?
This is the *only* election in the country that will allow voters to select "None of the Above" as an alternative to Clinton and Trump.
The final ballot is as yet to be determined (we are awaiting the write in results of the May Primary write-ins) but will minimally include the following candidates:
- Bernie Sanders
- Hillary Clinton
- Donald Trump
- Jill Stein
- Gary Johnson
- None of the Above
The result of this party preference ballot and member survey may result in no candidate being selected. IPO members will also be invited to participate in a member preference poll that will help the party to determine its 2017 platform and officer elections.
FAQ - Frequently asked Questions
Who is eligible to vote?
Voters who are registered non-affiliated or members of the Independent Party of Oregon as of June 30th are entitled to participate in the party's 2016 Presidential Preference Primary Election. Balloting will take place from June 4th - July 19th, 2016. Even if you voted in another party's primary election, you are eligible to participate, so long as you are a registered member of the Independent Party (or registered non-affiliated with any party by that date).
Why is IPO conducting this election? Didn't Oregon just have a primary?
The Secretary of State declinsd to place any candidates on the IPO ballot for the Presidential preference primary in May. As a result, IPO is conducting its own election with named candidates and has started working with the Independence Party of Minnesota to build a national coalition of independent parties.
Why does this election matter?
Because Oregon allows candidates to list more than one party after their name on the ballot, the winner of this preference primary will be eligible to have the Independent Party nomination listed next to their name on the Oregon ballot (e.g., "Independent Democrat" or "Independent Republican").
Also, winning the Independent Party nomination would be a key show of strength for any candidate heading into the Democratic and Republican conventions.
What is the method in election?
We will use a voting method called "approval voting" or "ranked choice" voting that allows voters to vote for each candidate they would support. Top vote getter wins.
What happens if Bernie wins the IPO election but loses the Democratic nomination to Hillary?
The Secretary of State has asserted that Sanders cannot win the IPO nomination if he does not win the Democratic nomination. However, IPO would be willing to go to court to assert its right to nominate any candidate, if the candidate supported such an effort.