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Voting – if you can – in the 21st Century

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Independent Voters are not going to go away. Our Nation needs all the positive voices it can get and the parties don’t own all of them by any means. At some point this will become so broadly clear that it can no longer be ignored. We – and the parties – have a lot of work to do.

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Everyone should have a vote in the presidential preference election

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In 2020, qualified independent voters who want to vote in the presidential preference election will be required to join a private organization, a “recognized party,” by February 19 to participate in the March 17 election. One-third of Arizona’s registered voters are independents. To be forced to join a party to vote for the president of all Americans violates the very idea of America. It is civic usury.

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Arizona governor’s race targets independent voters

Doug Ducey (left) and Fred DuVal. (AP photos)

The race for Arizona governor has created an odd mix of arguments in a state where recent gubernatorial contests were dominated by divisive issues like immigration. The shift away from hardline rhetoric and toward more nuanced positions marks an effort by both candidates to negate their opponents' key points as they court the growing bloc of independent voters in Arizona.

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Third-party signatures (access required)

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Libertarians, Greens will look to courts if election referendum fails

Even if the referendum drive against the omnibus elections measure HB2305 falls short, Greens and Libertarians may still be able to strike down a requirement in the legislation that dramatically increases the number of signatures they need to get on the ballot.

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Brewer’s signing of election bill creates major hurdle for third parties (access required)

Barry Hess, the Libertarian standard bearer, will have to fend off challenges from three other Libertarian candidates to win the party’s nomination for governor this year. Hess ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2002 and 2006, and this year he’s one of 22 Libertarians seeking office in Arizona.

Third-party candidates may become a rare breed in Arizona.

HB2305, an omnibus elections bill, dramatically raises the number of signatures that Green Party, Libertarian and other third-party candidates will need to qualify for the ballot. Whereas signature requirements have historically been based on the number of registered votes a party has, the bill equalizes the requirements for all parties.

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