ASU Center for an Independent and Sustainable Democracy

A celebration of the launch of the Center and the release of The Independent Voter.

On October 19th at the ASU Barrett and O’Connor Washington Center

The ASU Center for An Independent and Sustainable Democracy



Who are they? What do they want?

Can they move the country to nonpartisan Politics?

You can watch the full event below. Featuring remarks from: Dean Cynthia Lietz; Dr. Michael Crow, President of ASU; Co-directors of the Center, Thom Reilly and Jackie Salit; Dr. Jessie Fields; Omar Ali; John Avlon, CNN senior political analyst and anchor; and Andrew Yang, Co-chair Forward Party and author.

Posted here with special permission from the ASU Center for an Independent and Sustainable Democracy

To learn more about the Center’s work, visit their website.


  • 0:00 Opening Remarks, Dean Cynthia Lietz, ASU Watts College of Public Service & Community Solutions
  • 3:40 Remarks by Dr. Michael Crow, President ASU
  • 7:37 Thom Reilly, Co-director CISD
  • 13:23 Jackie Salit, President of Independent Voting, Co-director CISD
  • 22:58 Dr. Jessie Fields, MD
  • 28:30 Omar Ali, Dean of Lloyd International Honors College, UNC Greensboro
  • 37:30 John Avlon, Anchor, CNN Senior Political Analyst
  • 46:16 Andrew Yang, Co-Chair Forward Party
  • 53:45 Panel discussion and Q and A moderated by Jackie Salit

Join Cathy Stewart for a Virtual Conversations with Thom Reilly, Jackie Salit and Omar Ali

The Authors of The Independent Voter

December 7th at 3 pm ET.


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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