Friday, March 14, 2014

Thursday, March 6, 2014

New Jersey Seeks Open Primary - Ohio Needs Open Primary!!

A March 5, 2014 article from the IVN (Independent Voter Network) By Shawn M. Griffiths

(Newark, NJ) — The EndPartisanship.org coalition today filed suit in the U.S. District Court in Newark, New Jersey demanding that every voter should have an equal and meaningful vote at every stage of the state-funded election process, regardless of their party affiliation or non-affiliation.
Over 47% of New Jersey voters choose not to register with a political party and 42% of American voters now self-identify as Independent or unaffiliated voters, yet most states have primary systems that give political parties special access to the voting franchise and penalize voters who do not wish to join a political party.

The Republican and Democratic Party have prevented attempts to allow nonpartisan voter participation in many states by asserting their First Amendment right of association. This is despite the fact that primary elections like those in New Jersey are conducted at significant public expense.

Fewer than 8% of all registered voters participated in New Jersey’s last primary election at a cost of $12 million to the taxpayers. This amounted to more than $92 per vote cast. And 2.6 million New Jersey voters were not allowed to vote in the primary election unless they joined either the Republican or Democratic Party.

Samuel Gregory, local counsel for the EndPartisanship.org coalition said, “Today, representatives are accountable to a small partisan base of voters. Those who choose not to participate in divisive partisan politics are pushed out or left out of meaningful participation in the electoral process. We believe the system’s first obligation should be to individual voters, not to political parties. When every voter matters, leaders are rewarded for being good representatives, not good party leaders.”

“A primary election is often the most important part of the electoral process … By denying over 2.6 million New Jersey voters the right to cast a vote in the primary election, the State has disenfranchised nearly half of its electorate, and thereby, given private political parties and partisan voters a greater and unequal access to the voting franchise. As a result, New Jersey’s elections are not free, not equal, and not constitutional for the reasons demonstrated herein.” – Paragraph 4 of the Complaint
New Jersey plaintiffs represented in the suit by the EndPartisanship.org coalition include Mark Balsam, Charles Donahue, Hans Henkes, and Rebecca Feldman who are registered as unaffiliated voters, plaintiff Jaime Martinez, a registered Democrat, and plaintiff Tia Williams, a registered Republican.

The EndPartisanship.org coalition was co-founded by the Independent Voter Project and IndependentVoting.org, both national 501(c)(4) nonprofit organizations. The coalition includes a diverse group of independent organizations, media outlets, election reform advocates, and other participants from across the political spectrum and from across the country. The complete current list of coalition members can be found on the EndPartisanship.org coalition’s website.

 "#EndPartisanship is 1st organized effort to defend the right all voters have to equal access to elections." The EndPartisanship.org coalition is the first organized effort to defend and promote the principle that every voter is entitled to an equal right of meaningful participation in the election process, whether or not they choose to affiliate with a political party. Harry Kresky, counsel to Independent Voting, is the national legal advisor. S. Chad Peace, legal advisor to IVP, is the national legal strategist. Samuel Gregory is lead counsel to the New Jersey efforts with Kresky and Peace as co-counsel.

The EndPartisanship.org coalition will continue to focus on legal and political strategies designed to challenge laws, customs and practices that place the rights of political organizations above the rights of individual voters. The coalition believes that while the two major parties should continue to be an important and constructive part of our election process, a party’s strength should not be derived from institutionalized rules, laws, and court precedents. Instead, its strength should be measured by its ability to represent the concerns, hopes, and aspirations of the most voters.

EndPartisanship.org coalition members believe in three core principles:

The right to a meaningful vote is fundamental. 
The right to a meaningful vote cannot be abridged by a requirement to join any organization. 
Public funds cannot be used to subsidize the private activities of political parties. 

Learn more about the EndPartisanship.org coalition and its national plans on their website, EndPartisanship.org.

If you don't think you are over taxed and under represented; you need to think about it!!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

HUG A TEA PARTY MEMBER TODAY!!



HUG A TEA PARTIER TODAY!! THANK THEM FOR WORKING TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS!!

The Tea Party groups in America are comprised of hard working, concerned American citizens and taxpayers. In the ranks, you will surely find Republicans, Democrats, independents and members of the various 3rd parties.

These Tea Party groups are leading the way to put an end to the overreach of the U.N. Agenda 21 in Ohio - which includes the dreaded Common Core education practices.

Thank you!!

If you don;t think you are over taxed and under represented; you should get out there and see what is being talked about in your local Tea Party Group!! 


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

How Much Money Do Primary Elections Cost?? Who Pays the Bill??

From the Independent Voter; 

Public funding of political party activities is certainly not a new concept in the United States. In fact, the idea was floated as early as 1907 by President Theodore Roosevelt. However, electoral systems have evolved dramatically since President Roosevelt’s time.
That evolution has created many concerns and questions which must be addressed. For example, why are voters subsidizing private political organizations though their taxes? Why is subscription to ideology-driven partisanship a prerequisite to exercising one’s constitutional right to suffrage? And, how did those rights devolve to the point wherein over half of registered voters no longer have a voice?

New Jersey is just one of many states with a closed primary system, which means voters have to be registered with one of the major parties to participate in primary elections to select party candidates. Because political parties are private organizations and these elections are meant to select the candidates of political parties, primaries should be considered private activities funded with public dollars.

Financing political party activities is expensive, regardless of where the money comes from. However, using public funds to do so requires promotion of a fully accessible process for all those whose taxes are being utilized — a fact that has been overlooked by states like New Jersey for decades.
New Jersey’s odd-year gubernatorial races increase primary frequency. Combined with national partisan primaries and convention delegate nominations, the state’s taxpayers have spent a total of $192.6 million in the span of 13 years on these activities alone.

New Jersey is now requesting even more from it’s electorate: ten dollars from each registered voter with which to fund private political activities, increasing the cost by an additional $49.6 million.

With dismal participation among the 5,459,925 registered voters, 386,039 of them predetermined the 2013 gubernatorial race. In essence, the future of New Jersey politics was determined by 7 percent of the state’s registered voters.

"In short, unaffiliated New Jersey voters have paid over $100 million over the last 12 years to fund primary elections they are not even allowed to vote in."

With an average of 52 percent, New Jersey has been in the top five states recording the highest number of unaffiliated voters since the beginning of the 21st century. This means a majority of New Jersey voters are denied participation in elections they contribute millions of dollars a year to and yet have no say on which candidates will be on the general election ballot. For more than 100 years, partisans have manipulated the electoral process to their benefit through gerrymandering and election laws, denying access to voters who exercise their right to non-association.

The activities of theses private organizations have taken a very heavy toll on the country. They have polarized citizens beyond civil discord and have created an environment so hostile and antagonistic that elected officials can no longer find any unifying position with which to manage the government, and they have created severe apathy in the process by limiting voter choice.

New Jersey is known for milestones in the political landscape. It was the first state in the Union to ratify the Bill of Rights and the third state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. However, unless deep changes are implemented in the state’s election processes, including the vital need to remove barriers that deny voters full participation in state elections, New Jersey will certainly not achieve any milestones related to representative government for all its citizens.

If you don;t think you are over taxed and under represented; take a look at the "election reform"bills in Columbus!!