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Oregon: 30 percent of registered voters desert major parties

Oregon Party Affiliation 2014 Elections

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#1 Cait

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 06:52 PM

One can only hope that Oregon is leading the way, both in primary election initiatives, and the desertion of party affiliation.  IMO, only when political parties have to be accountable to the voters,  will we have a chance at real reform.  Non-membership will actually make political parties come a courtin'.  As it is now, they cater to the base.  Maybe as the base gets smaller, we can see some reform.

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As I played around with the latest Oregon voter registration numbers, I realized that the state entered new territory last year:  For the first time in modern Oregon history, more than 30 percent of voters are no longer registered with either the Democratic or Republican parties.

The rise in voters who register with one of the minor parties or -- more likely, with no party at all -- has been going on for a long time.  Nationally, Gallup last month found that 42 percent of voters identified themselves as independents, the highest percentage the pollster has found since it started asking the question 25 years ago.
That may be due in large part with voter unhappiness with Congress, President Barack Obama and the general state of the economy.  But it's also part of a larger cultural trend, with young voters in particular not wanting to identify themselves as part of a political party.


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Posted 21 January 2014 - 07:44 PM

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Nationally, Gallup last month found that 42 percent of voters identified themselves as independents, the highest percentage the pollster has found since it started asking the question 25 years ago.

I think this is great news.

Clearly, both parties are failing a lot of people--for a variety of reasons--and my hope is that one day new parties will form. I so wish we could break away from this two-party formula.
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#3 Cait

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 08:05 PM

View PostSpectacles, on 21 January 2014 - 07:44 PM, said:

. I so wish we could break away from this two-party formula.

So do I.  Unless we break away from this model, well, I don't see how the Republic survives politically

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