The Keel: A large Group of Centrist Voters

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"My name is Paul Damian Wells and I'm a Voting Rights Activist from Corvallis, Oregon. I'm committed to fair and open elections, where all voters and candidates have an equal opportunity to participate - even those I disagree with. I have been actively involved in "Nonpartisan Election Reform" since 1992 and am currently a candidate for Oregon Secretary of State."

Disenfranchised by the Two-Party System

Independent:

Democrat:                 826,197
Republican:                644,745

Non-Affiliated:           530,497
Indep Party:              110,387
Total Independent:   640,884

Libertarian:                17,436
Working Families:       11,657
Pacific Green:               9,472
Constitution:                3,600
Progressive:                  1,937

Other:                         20,522
Total:                      2,176,450
Oregon Voter Registration
10/10/2015
Oregon
Partisan
Elections

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Oregon
Non-Partisan
Elections

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Why free
elections
matter

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Me (Young) in 1992

Me (Old) in 2016

Voter
Advocate
1992 -2016

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•     All candidates – party affiliated and non-affiliated, compete in a single open primary to determine the top two candidates for each office.
•     Political parties are free to endorse individual candidates, but - only the two best candidates advance to the general election. Nobody qualifies for the general election ballot simply because they’ve been endorsed by a political party.
•     All voters – partisan and independent, participate equally in selecting the top two candidates at the primary.

TOP TWO (NON-PARTISAN) PRIMARY ELECTIONS

Wells v.
Kiesling
1992

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Donate?

Thank you for offering, but I don't solicit or accept contributions.

Paul Damian Wells
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Masters
Publication

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Patent
#5,042,299

Patent
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Nonetheless, if you're seeking political alternatives - do consider the Independent Voter Project (IVP). They are a national group based in California and, among other things, they are attempting to organize the legal fight for election reform. I am sure they could use your donation. (Link to the left)

You might also consider registering to vote as a member of the Independent Party of Oregon (IPO). To retain major party status and a state financed primary election, at least 5% of Oregon voters must be registered as members. You can change your registration online at the Secretary of State's website.

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IVP Web Site

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Not Associated
With a
Political Party

Non-Affiliated

Nonpartisan

2016
General Election
Statement
(Draft)
pdamianw@thekeel.org
Last Site Update: 9/17/2016

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LWV Web Site

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The IPO is a mess. The leadership appears to be "Union" Democrats and they apparently don't like my position on organized labor. Like Democrats, I believe government should aggressively attempt to solve our social problems. Unlike Democrats however, I'm convinced that lack of jobs either directly causes or significantly aggravates our problems. I simply don't see how Labor Unions are part of any solution. Unions protect a privileged few at a cost of jobs for many. Nonetheless, the IPO is by far-and-away the most promising alternative available to Oregon voters.

IPO Web Site

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