The Keel: A large Group of Centrist Voters

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"My name is Paul Damian Wells. I'm an Independent Voting Rights Advocate from Corvallis, Oregon. I've been actively involved in Nonpartisan Election Reform (Top Two Primary) 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
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Partisan
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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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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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I'm a civil rights activist, dedicated to free elections, where a fair and equal opportunity to participate is guaranteed to all voters - even those that I disagree with. Nonetheless, if you're seeking political alternatives - you might consider the Independent Party of Oregon (IPO) or the Independent Voter Project (IVP).

The IPO is relatively new and unfocused. Specifically, they have yet to articulate a fundamental overarching political philosophy that can compete with Democrats and Republicans. Not surprisingly, the IPO platform statement rambles. (You can’t plan a route to success until you define what success is.) Nonetheless, the IPO is by far-and-away the most promising third party alternative available to Oregon voters.

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U.S.M.C.
Korea 1979

Not Associated
With a
Political Party

Non-Affiliated

Nonpartisan

2016
General Election
Statement
(Draft)
pdamianw@thekeel.org
Last Site Update: 4/30/2016

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