IPO PRIMARY NOTES

May 17, 2016 - Primary election notes

  • The Independent Party's 2016 Primary election was the largest third party nominating process in Oregon history, in terms of the number of voters participating.
     
  • IPO had 17 candidates filed with another 15 endorsed candidates (including 9 incumbents) seeking the party's nomination by write in.
     
  • More non-affiliated voters requested an IPO ballot than in any open primary in history (20,660).
     
  • IPO endorsed several write-in candidates for the IPO nomination in state legislative and local races.  Based on the candidates who have filed, the results of several of those races could have a significant impact on the fall ballot in legislative districts in southern and eastern Oregon. 

INDEPENDENT PARTY OF OREGON, MINNESOTA INDEPENDENCE PARTY ANNOUNCE PRESIDENTIAL PACT

May 10, 2016 - Leaders of the Independent Party of Oregon and the Independence Party of Minnesota have reached a "broad strokes" agreement on joining together to form a national coalition of non-partisan, moderate and centrist third parties.  The parties will convene a national tele-conference this summer to discuss joint nomination of a candidate for President.  The group has identified potential third-party partners in multiple states.

20,660 NAV's REQUESTED INDEPENDENT PARTY BALLOTS

SALEM - May 2, 2016 -  20,660 non-affiliated voters requested an Independent Party Ballot in the May Primary Election, according to voter rolls released to the Independent Party by the Oregon Secretary of State late last week.

Fewer than 14,000 non-affiliated voters requested a ballot in 2012, when the Republicans last opened their statewide elections.  

"This was a higher level of participation than we were expecting, given how many people requested Republican ballots in 2012," said Party Secretary, Sal Peralta.  It is consistent with what we have been saying for years: that many voters are ready for a new alternative."

BILLS TO DELAY IMPACT OF MOTOR VOTER ON THIRD PARTIES THROUGH 2018 CLEAR FINAL LEGISLATIVE HURDLE

SALEM - 3/3/2016 -  Legislation to grant the state's major and minor political parties a two-year reprieve from the effects of Oregon's new Motor Voter law cleared a final legislative hurdle yesterday, when they passed on a vote of 51-6 (SB 1501) and 46-10 (SB 1599) in a late night session of the Oregon House Wednesday (3/2). 

Are the Democrats trying to kill third parties in Oregon?

SALEM - 2/10/2016 -  The Independent Party of Oregon scored a major ally in the party's effort to protect ballot access for third parties in Oregon this week, when all twelve of Oregon's Senate Republicans sent a letter to Senate President Peter Courtney (D), asking him to take steps to ensure that the Independent Party and several of Oregon's minor parties would not lose ballot access as a result of the state's new "Motor Voter" law.

State Lottery Commissioner Chris Telfer has announed Independent Party bid for State Treasurer

"We are thrilled to have someone as well-respected and highly qualified as Chris Telfer as our first announced candidate, said party secretary, Sal Peralta.  "She has a strong record in public service.  With her experience as a successful small business owner, a cpa, state lottery commissioner, Bend city councilor and state senator, she is certainly the most qualified of the announced candidates for state treasurer.  We look forward to supporting her efforts throughout the campaign."

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