Even the pundits agree: Independents were the determining factor in last week’s midterm elections


On December 7th, we will be talking with the authors of The Independent Voter:

Thom Reilly

Jacqueline Salit

Omar H. Ali

The book looks at who independent voters are, and how they are transforming the political landscape in the United States. The book draws on historical and contemporary data (including survey data, participant observation, interviews, and current writings and scholarship), and provides timely new analysis.

If you want to understand the power of independent voters, and the role we are playing in American politics, grab a copy of the book and join us as we read the book together and talk with the authors.

Buy the hard copy or ebook here.

Register below for the virtual discussion!

The Authors

Thom Reilly is a Professor in the School of Public Affairs and Co-director of the Center for an Independent and Sustainable Democracy at Arizona State University. 

Jacqueline S. Salit is President of Independent Voting and Co-director of the Center for an Independent and Sustainable Democracy at Arizona State University.

Omar H. Ali is Dean of Lloyd International Honors College and Professor of African-American political history at the University of North Carolina Greensboro.

Register below and join the virtual conversation on ZOOM

December 7th, at 3pm ET

Notable Reviews

Praise for The Independent Voter

“This book’s exploration of [independent voters] is important and honest. The major media organizations try to marginalize this group as being secretly partisan, or not holding any consistent beliefs. These organizations are trying to marginalize Independent voters because they know that we’re actually the majority, and if we band together, we can take this country back from the extreme partisans they represent.”

–Andrew Yang, from the Foreword

The Independent Voter does a fantastic job chronicling the rise, and power, of the fastest-growing segment of the electorate in the United States. It is clear that more and more Americans are tired of partisan gridlock and want their leaders to be public servants, not party servants. Republicans and Democratic leaders should take note and anyone interested in the future of American democracy should read this book.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger, former governor of California

“If you are interested in America’s independent voters, you must read this book. It analyzes who independent voters are and makes a strong argument about how those not registered with a political party face ballot access challenges in states across the country. This book provocatively grapples with who independent voters are and why they matter.”

–Christian Grose, University of Southern California

“The Independent Voter is an important work, both a piece of scholarship and a smoke signal, a cloud on the horizon, a shift in barometric pressure. Reilly, Salit and Ali paint a picture of an emergence, a political sensibility that simultaneously goes back to the founding of the country and looks forward to a more innovative and free-flowing manner of conducting political life in the 21st century. It’s a book about possibility–how ordinary American voters are refusing to play by the partisan rules and are driving the country towards a new culture of self-governance. Read this book if you want to be inspired!”

–John Opdycke, President of Open Primaries

Founder of the Politics for the People free educational series and book club for independent voters. Chair of the New York County Independence Party.

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