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Letter: A voice for independent voters


A voice for independent voters

Dear Editor:

President Obama’s recently appointed Commission on Election Administration has begun holding public hearings around the country. This 10-member body is tasked with presenting recommendations to the president about how to “improve all citizens’ voting experience.”

Independent/unaffiliated voters have a lot to say on this topic. We are deeply concerned about the current state of America’s political process and agree that the election process deserves serious attention. However, many of us would like to expand the commission’s apparent focus upon reducing long lines on Election Day, believing such a narrow focus falls short of the reforms necessary to improve our voting experience.

There are specific defects that affect independent/unaffiliated voters, which the commission has not yet decided to address. With 40 percent of Americans now identifying as independent, we believe that addressing the concerns of independents should be a commission priority. Accordingly, we intend to make sure that the commission is aware of the barriers that prevent independents from fully participating in the election process.

Representatives of independent-voter groups already have submitted testimony at commission hearings in Miami and in Washington, D.C. Now it’s our turn. Several Colorado independent/unaffiliated voters, under the aegis of IndependentVoting.org (a national association for independent voters), will be attending the hearing at 9 a.m. Thursday at the History Colorado Center at 1200 Broadway in Denver.

We invite independents — and independent-minded Colorado voters — throughout the state to join us.

Gwen I. Ballard