Independent Party now Oregon’s 3rd major party


by NW Spotlight

Secretary of State Kate Brown announced Monday that the Independent Party of Oregon (IPO) has achieved major party status. The IPO met the threshold of at least 5% of the number of registered voters in the most recent General Election. As of Feb 2nd the IPO has 108,742 registered voters – clearing the Nov 2014 5% threshold of 108,739 voters by 3 voters.

As of November 2014, Democrats were 38% of Oregon registered voters, Republicans were 30%, and non-affiliated voters (NAV) were 24%. There were about 2.2 million registered Oregon voters.

The Statesman Journal reports that “Oregon has become the only state in the country with three major political parties.”

The Statesman Journal notes that this changes Oregon’s elections in two ways:

“First, it allows the Independent Party to participate in the May primary election, which is run by the state. Currently, the party runs its own elections during the summer. In the future, it will enjoy the same service from the state that Republican and Democratic parties do, with official ballots sent to members.

Second, it will require the Independent Party to nominate only its own members, rather than following its current system of nominating people who have also been nominated by the Republican or Democratic parties.”

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  • HBguy

    This could be incredibly lucky timing for the Indy Party.

    Assuming the Governor resigns in the next 30 days and Kate Brown steps into the Governorship. The 2016 primary election will feature a special election for Governor.

    On the Democratic side, you will have Brown, and possibly Wheeler or Kotek. It will be contentious and could cause some splits and hard feelings.

    On the Republican side you’d have who knows.

    But the Indy Party will also have candidates as a third major party. A self financed candidate, or a moderate Democrat or Republican who has dreams of becoming Governor may want to give it a go. And the IPO would be the perfect vehicle and a special election for Governor with no real incumbent could be an idel situation to run as an Independent against a torn and scandalized Democratic Party and a Republican Party that has a hard time competing statewide.

    If the Governor resigns…this make the IPO major party status even more interesting.

  • Sally

    I hope the blue jean wonder does resign, but he won’t. All hat…no cattle…small horse…no saddle…no steak….just fiddle faddle…

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