About LIV

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. That is what we fight for here at LIV -- competitive elections, more choices.

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LIV mission

 

Build the independent political movement to win competitive elections.

LIV Vision
 

Policy — not politics • Fix problems — don’t make them.

Electoral competition — not chaos!

What is LIV and its purpose?

 

LIV is a 501c4 nonpartisan, nonprofit membership association for voters of all persuasions. 

 

LIV's purpose is to develop independent voters. Independents are identified largely by pollsters who believe very few Americans are independents.

This Dallas Morning News - UT Tyler Poll conducted in April 2021 is one of the few polls we've seen that recognizes our existence by polling us alongside Democrats and Republicans on issues relevant to all Texans.

 

They say that most of us "lean" Republican or Democrat. In a two-party system, LIV asks, what else would you expect? And, while, we do not want to throw a lasso around the necks of Texas independents to make them "believe" in this or that issue or platform, LIV seeks to employ the natural tendencies of Texas independents to think critically, to ACT civically in their communities. As Ross Perot said, the problem can be seen looking in the mirror. Most Americans are not taking responsibility for a country where governance is going haywire. (Visit our Beefs section for more on solutions LIV needs your help to develop.)

What Does It Mean to Join LIV? Or, how can I become an independent?

LIV members are voters who vote for the person, not the party. Membership, in no way, changes your status as a voter. 

 

The state of 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. 

For now, the parties in existence in Texas are Democrat, Republican, Libertarian and Green. There is no "independent party," though there are new parties now organizing in Texas seeking to become established parties. They are SAM (Serve America Movement) and the Forward Party. AND, wishing not to confuse you here, do know that candidates can run as "independent" -- unaffiliated with any party. 

Does LIV participate in the primaries?

LIV encourages voting in the party primaries where the electoral action is, for now. This is where the winners are decided in lopsided (gerrymandered) districts. But there are likely 5-6 or even 7 million out of 13 million of us independent Texans. Most of us, as do many Democrats and Republicans, want more than two choices. So, LIV seeks to bring our into the primaries and into the general election. We want candidates and office holders in all parties or independents to more directly "woo" independent voters with honest intentions to address our concerns. These concerns start with competitive elections -- more than two choices -- and our developing work explained in our Beefs section.

Does LIV Support Candidates
or Ballot Measures?

LIV is here to help you learn the mechanics of getting candidates of any persuasion on the ballot. We also have deep experience in the petition process for local local measures using our municipal petition rights guaranteed by the Texas Constitutional Amendment for Home Rule. (See our section on Homegrown Petitions.)

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 and 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.

Join LIV!

 

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!!