IPO Primary Underway

After seven years, the Independent Party of Oregon is about to hit its 100,000th registered affiliate, and it began its primary election two days ago.

The IPO is the first political party in the United States to conduct Internet-based elections and the first political party in Oregon in more than 100 years to conduct its own primary elections.

If you don’t want to vote by email, you can hand deliver your ballot or snail-mail it in. Lots of options for registered affiliates.

It’s worth noting that although the Left routinely derides the “right wing GOP Teabaggers”, 43% of TEA party associates identify as IPO or NAV, and 7% identify as Democratics. So while there’s a small majority of GOP types, the Independents exert a lot of clout.


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6 Responses to IPO Primary Underway

  1. lectorconstans says:

    I’m still leery of internet voting. There’s way too many ways to hack it. In one of the early trials, they put up beta site. Within hours, a team from the local college IT department hacked it. They tried again, with better security. Within hours ……

    True, we do banking and shopping over the internet, but there’s fraud there, too.

    But in the overall picture, the System is rigged against a third party. Mainly, a 3rd party would have to appeal across the country.

    On the other hand, if the IPO can get a candidate on the ballot, that would raise a few eyebrows here and there.

    • maxredlines says:

      Hey, I share the concern regarding internet voting – but then, I don’t like Oregon’s “Vote by Fraud (er, Mail) system, either.

      I doubt that IPO has any designs on, say, the Presidency at present; that’d be kind of pointless. But at the state and county levels, even U.S. Senate/House campaigns, I suspect there are enough folks who’ve grown disenchanted with the establishment in both parties to begin making some inroads.

  2. g says:

    I’ve noticed a lot of “establishment” Repubs denigrating the tea party. I always challenge them with “What don’t you like about the Tea Party agenda” Crickets. I mean absolutely clueless.

    The left leaning msm is doing a good job brain washing conservatives.
    Not a good sign.

    • maxredlines says:

      I’m not sure it’s entirely the MSM – look at the results in the recent MS election. For years it’s been my view that a huge problem with Republicans is that when they manage to get elected, the get to Washington and begin behaving like little Democratics.

      • lectorconstans says:

        That’s probably because the first thing you do when you take office is start working on your next campaign. That’s one place where term limits really makes sense.

    • maxredlines says:

      I used to think we didn’t need term limits; that’s what elections are for. But I think we really need them. The Founders didn’t really envision the rise of a permanent political class.

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