Statement Read by Royce D’Orazio, Los Angeles Chapter Organizer for
On June 9th, 2010, Mr. D’Orazio appeared with Lt. Governor Abel Maldonado and
Governor Schwarzenegger to speak on Proposition 14 Passing:
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Today is California’s Independents Day!
Over two million voters cast a “Yes” vote for Proposition 14 and against partisan politics!
As a result, the 3.4 million Decline to State independent voters will have equal access to
our political process. At the rate voters are choosing to become independents here in
California, we expect to be over the four million mark by our next election cycle.
Yesterday, the voters of California chose progressive political reform over status quo
partisanship. Proposition 14 passed by the largest margin for a political reform initiative
in more than a dozen years. The voters made a clear and decisive statement that the
way to fix broken government is to expand democracy, contain the control exercised by
political parties, and give greater power to the people. I want to thank the
independent voters and organizations across the country that aided us in our fight to
expand our democracy, most especially our national ally, IndependentVoting.org. Of
course, I want to thank Governor Schwarzenegger and Lt. Governor Maldonado for
standing with the outsiders to take on the party insiders. This is a game changing
Elected officials and candidates should take note: There is a new political force in
California. I highly recommend you go to our website at IndependentVoice.Org and
start reading up on the issues of interest to independent voters. For as diverse a group
as we are, we’re unified behind the belief that we must democratize our political process
so that the people – not the parties and special interests—determine the politics and
policy of our state and our country. But don’t wait too long, because the next election
will be here soon. And 3.4 million independents want to know where you stand on the
independents’ political reform agenda.
Finally, a word about the national implications of Prop 14. California is a bell-weather
state, and our victory for open primaries and progressive democratic reform here must
be used to break the hold of partisanship everywhere in America. To our independent
friends fighting—as we speak—to achieve or protect open primaries and non-partisan
elections in Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Florida, Kentucky, South Carolina, and New
York, help is on the way!
IndependentVoice.Org is a non-profit organizing California’s 3.4 million independent voters to
change politics. IndependentVoice.Org is part of the national independent movement, and
has been involved in fights for Open Primaries (Prop 14, Prop 62 in 2004) and Redistricting
Reform (Prop 11 passed in 2008, Prop 77 in 2005, and the upcoming “Voters First Act” on
the November 2010 ballot).