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Independent Voters Face Hurdles In U.S. Primary Elections, New A-Mark Report Finds

A new report underscores the disparity in access to the primary election process for all voters as the number of independents continues to rise.

SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 11, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Independent voters, the fastest-growing segment of the American electorate, are encountering significant obstacles in exercising their right to vote in primary elections across the United States, according to a comprehensive report released recently by A-Mark Foundation.

The report, titled "Are Independent Voters Disenfranchised by Primary Election Rules?," sheds light on the complexities and disparities in state election rules that disproportionately affect independent or unaffiliated voters, constituting approximately 40-49% of the American electorate. The findings are particularly relevant as voters across the country participate in primary elections.

Key findings of the report include:

The report from A-Mark Foundation underscores the disparity in access to the primary election process for all voters. While some argue that unaffiliated voters have the option to join a party and participate in primaries, the practical obstacles they face, including restrictive deadlines and confusing rules, effectively disenfranchise this significant portion of the electorate. These rules can be especially difficult to navigate in presidential primaries and caucuses, which are generally more restrictive than state and congressional primaries.

"Primary elections are increasingly functioning as general elections, creating barriers for unaffiliated voters," said Rob Eshman, CEO of A-Mark Foundation. "Our report highlights restrictions on the ability of independents to participate in choosing their elected officials."

The full report is available at amarkfoundation.org. Founded in 1997, A-Mark Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to provide and promote unbiased, nonpartisan research and reporting on critical issues. For more information, contact [email protected]



SOURCE A-Mark Foundation

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