Independent Party Voters’ Pamphlet ready now for July Primary


Independent Party of Oregon

SALEM – The Independent Party of Oregon (IPO) today released an electronic version of its 2014 Voters’ Pamphlet in conjunction with its upcoming Primary Election, which will be held from July 7 – 19.  The pamphlet, which includes profiles of most of the candidates who were qualified by the IPO, will be delivered via US Mail to the party’s approximately 100,000 members on or after June 7th.

The IPO Voters’ Pamphlet can be downloaded here:

The IPO has qualified 38 candidates to run in its primary election for offices including:  US Senate, US House of Representatives, State Senate, State Representative, and Jackson County Commissioner, Position 3.

As a minor political party, the Independent Party of Oregon is not permitted to participate in Oregon’s statewide primary election.  Instead, it conducts its own primary election in the month of July.  

Beginning July 7th, IPO members will be able to log in to the party’s web site and prepare and download their ballot, which must be returned by July 19th.

The IPO is the first political party in Oregon to conduct a primary election at its own expense and the only political party in the United States to use internet voting to conduct binding primary elections.  

4 of the candidates who filed are running strictly as “Independents”, while the remaining candidates, including Governor John Kitzhaber and his opponent, Dennis Richardson, are seeking the party’s cross-nomination.  Winners, including those who are cross-nominated by the IPO, will be able to list the “Independent” label after their name on the November ballot.

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  • RHarris

    Thank you for posting this. I suspect some of your readers are IPO members – Whether they know it or not as the Dem’s would add 😉 So this is a useful news item.

    With a few volunteers, and a shoestring budget, the IPO will be engaging it’s members in a privately conducted statewide election. By having some key races on our ballot, including the Governors race, Dottereer v. Bates, Riley v. Starr, we can also gauge the temperature of our members a bit.

    Will our turnout be low? You bet. Not everyone has a computer and printer. We don’t provide pre printed envelopes and colorful inserts. We won’t have media coverage and the candidates don’t spend tens of thousands of dollars on add campaigns reaching out to our members.

    This election though, and particularly the voters pamphlet, is actually quite a big step for anyone who believes the two major parties are overly beholden to their respective financiers and who believe in grass roots democracy.

    The next big step will be the general election where likely IPO nominee Chuck Lee will face off one on one against Republican Bill Post in HD-25, and likely IPO nominee Drew Kaza will be facing off one on one against Democrat Betsy Johnson in SD-16.

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