Capturing the Disgruntled Independent Vote

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Independent voters were a key part of the coalition that elected Barack Obama in 2008. But President Obama has lost the support of many of those independents, throughout his term. As potential candidates begin to prepare for the 2012 presidential election, the hunt is on to try to capture the independent vote.

Anna Sale, reporter for It's A Free Country, the politics website for our co-producer WNYC, has been talking to those coveted independent voters around the country and the different groups that are trying to court them.

Guests:

Anna Sale

Produced by:

Sitara Nieves

Comments [1]

Robert Winn from Maricopa, Arizona

Independent voters do not need to be organized. All they have to do is start running for public office. The difficulty is that since 1800, the election in which a political party took over American politics, election laws have been passed at state level which favor political party candidates. Independent voters do not have good ballot access. The other problem is that the two major parties take astronomical amounts of money from public revenues and give it directly to the news media in return for exclusive promotion of their party candidates. So even though the majority of voters are now registered independent, it will be some time before they will be effective as candidates for office. Where the two major parties have been less successful is in their efforts to stop independent voter registration. Their best efforts, such as removal of the option to register independent from the Arizona voter registration form in 2005, have all seemed to backfire and only increase the determination of the people to register independent.

Aug. 21 2011 12:25 AM

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