George Washington, in his farewell address, said this about political parties and associations:
“However combinations or associations of the above description may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”
Though George was clearly right, what our founding fathers missed was the chance to limit the power of parties as "potent engines" by enshrining in the U.S. Constitution the rights of the American people to a multi-party system.
Build the independent political movement to win competitive elections.
Policy — not politics • Fix problems — don’t make them.
Electoral competition — not chaos!
What is LIV?
LIV is a 501c4 nonpartisan, nonprofit membership association for voters of all persuasions.
LIV is a membership association for non-aligned, independent voters who vote for the person, not the party. Membership, in no way, changes your status as a voter. Note: Texas does not have partisan registration. Your party identification is solely based on if/when you vote in a party’s primary or attend a party convention as a voting delegate. Therefore, your identification lasts for only two years until the next primary.
LIV members are sometimes active in political parties or not at all. All political persuasions are welcome. We are cross-partisan, but not "cross" with each other and work hard to find ways for people to work together for the greater good.
Does LIV participate in the primaries?
LIV encourages voting in the party primaries and participation in political parties -- as a voter. But, if you really want to change the WAY politics gets conducted, we think your best bet is as an outsider -- as an independent, non-aligned voter. There are likely 5-6 or even 7 million out of 13 million of us independent Texans!
Does LIV Support Candidates
or Ballot Measures?
On occasion, LIV supports candidates for nonpartisan races — City Council, school boards, water boards, -- though electing candidates is not our primary mission. We require a 2/3 vote to gain our candidate endorsement.
LIV supports or opposes ballot measures. AND, sometimes, we help local groups develop their own “homegrown petitions” for a public vote on local issues. We require a 2/3 vote to gain our measure endorsement.
LIV does work to get candidates and office holders to adopt our policy agenda. The more members we have, the more likely they are to listen to us.
You're also Invited to Get Involved in LIV
LIV by-laws allow for the election of up to 36 board members representing geographic districts across Texas. You may view on LIV's Districts Page. Become a member and get involved, y'al!!