Independent Voters of Nevada


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A message from the President~

Independent Voters of Nevada is a grassroots organization that was put together to create a unified voice for changing the current two-party, partisan, political system to a system that includes all voters at every level of the political process. Currently, Nevada has closed primaries which excludes independent voters from a very crucial part of the political process.  IVON is affiliated with, and, with their help and support, we are working to bring top two non-partisan open primaries to Nevada as well as political process reform campaigns on the national level. We look forward to meeting and speaking with all independent-minded voters, not just independents, who wish to change the current two-party, partisan, political system to one that empowers all voters. 

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I recently met with Congressman Amodei (R-NV) to discuss the Open Our Democracy Act, H.R. 2655, and the possibility of him signing on as a co-sponsor to the bill. He said that he would read through the bill and let me if he will sign on as a co-sponsor. We had a wonderful meeting. Thank you Congressman!

Catana L Barnes,

President, Independent Voters of Nevada (IVON)

Independent Voters of Nevada endorses Open Primaries! 

Independent Voters of Nevada Joins the Open Our Democracy Campaign! 

U.S. Congressman John Delaney (MD-6) recently reintroduced the Open Our Democracy Act. If passed, the bill would enact Top Two nonpartisan primaries for all congressional elections in the United States. The bill would also make Election Day a national holiday and would require the Comptroller General (GAO) to study the feasibility and desirability of enacting national standards and criteria for congressional redistricting.

Closed partisan primaries exclude millions of independent voters and contribute to the toxic partisanship in Washington and every state capital. The time has come to significantly reform our primary system so that the voters, not the parties, have the power. The Open Our Democracy Act is an important piece of legislation and deserves our support!

We Ask You To Support the Open Democracy Campaign. Please click on the link for more information and a letter you can sign to your representative in Congress

Independent Candidate for President visits Reno!

On Monday, August 24, 2015, Lynn S. Kahn, Independent Presidential Candidate, visited with young voters about the upcoming presidential election. The meet-n-greet was held at Juicy's Giant Hamburgers on Mill St. in Reno, NV

Lynn S. Kahn, Independent Candidate for President, 2015 

"3 Other Women Running for President 
who aren't named Hillary"

Celia Freed in 500 Words On on Jul 27, 2015


My platform is very clear - I have a 7 track action plan to Fix Government, Build Peace



A few articles:

Track 1: Cut One Trillion Dollars of Government Waste

Track 3: Fix Government from People’s Point of View

Independent Politics in America: 5 Trends (to be updated soon and published on Democracy Chronicles)


This is not an endorsement for President of the United States by Independent Voters of Nevada. We believe that voters need to be educated about candidates. 

Please join independents from the western states for the next Western Regional Conference Call on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 10:30am PT. 

Please register for the call by sending a confirmation email to Catana Barnes at [email protected] and the call in information will be provided to you.

We hope you will join us!

8th Biennial National Conference of Independents
Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
March 14, 2015
Click on the link for highlights from the conference

Click on the link to visit's website to view more information

New York Times

End Partisan Primaries, Save America

by Chuck Schumer: Adopt the Open Primary

July 21, 2014 

Voting Rights Are Primary!

On Tuesday, June 10, 2014, as part of the Voting Rights are Primary Campaign, Independent Voters of Nevada conducted an informational picket. This was done to draw attention to the fact that independent (non-partisan) voters in Nevada cannot fully participate in the primary elections that their tax dollars help pay for.

Click on the link below to watch a YouTube video of the presentation that Jason Olson, president of, made at the Inaugural Western Regional Meeting of Independents on May 17, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV on the top-two primary system passed in California and more. 

Inaugural Western Regional Meeting of Independents

May 17, 2014

Las Vegas, NV

In The News:

Reno Gazette-Journal :

POLITICAL EYE: Lowden, Hutchinson trade barbs in face off

Photos from the Inaugural Western Regional Meeting of Independents held in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, May 17, 2014.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Las Vegas, NV

Western Regional Meeting of Independents

Independent leaders and activists from around the West will be discussing the successes, challenges, and next steps!

- Meet others in the independent movement (in Las Vegas!)

- Find out more about recent reform victories in California

- See how to build an effective, impactful organization

- Learn how YOU can be a leader in returning politics to the people

*There is a registration fee of $50 per person that can be submitted on this website by clicking on the "donation" button at the right hand side of this page.

For more information please contact Catana L Barnes at: [email protected]

Hosted by Independent Voters of Nevada; Cohosted by Utah League of Independent Voters and

In the news:

Henderson Press--Letter to the Editor--   

Politics in the Zeros--The politics of progress: populism, the economy, cleantech 

Independent Voters of Nevada joins the Coalition.

March, 2014

14th Annual Anti-Corruption Awards

Independents Coming Together

New York City

December 8, 2013

The Anti-Corruption Awards is the occasion where the New York City Independence Party honors civic, business, political and community leaders who are participating in the fight against political corruption and partisanship. Catana L Barnes, Rick Robol and Steve Richardson were this year's anti-corruption recipients for their work as's National Election Reform Committee and the work they did with regards to the President's Commission on Election Administration. Read more on's Bi-Monthly Hub Newsletter

Jackie Salit, President of, presents Catana L Barnes with an Anti-Corruption Award at the 14th Annual Anti-Corruption Awards Ceremony in New York City on December 8, 2013.

Cathy Stewart, New York County Chair of the New York City Independence Party and Jackie Salit, President of are pictured with Rick Robol, Catana L Barnes and Steve Richardson who were the recipients of anti-corruption awards at the 14th Annual Anti-Corruption Awards Ceremony in New York City on December 8, 2013. Catana L Barnes, Rick Robol and Steve Richardson were recognized for their work as's National Election Reform Committee which was formed in response to the President's Commission on Election Administration.
President's Commission on Election Administration

On November 14, 2013, the President's Commission on Election Administration will be conducting a Public Conference Call. I encourage everyone to listen to what they have to say. You may wish to write a letter of your own.

You can get all of the information about the call at: Go to the tabs at the top of the page and click on "NEWS"'s National Election Reform Committee formed their National Election Reform Committee in response to the formation of the President's Commission on Election Administration (PCEA). The PCEA was established by Executive Order on March 28, 2013. Their mission is to identify best practices in election administration and to make recommendations to improve the voting experience (, 2013).'s National Election Reform Committee led's campaign to pressure the PCEA to expand its agenda and recognize the rights of 40% of Americans who identify as independent. The members of the committee are Steve Richardson--VA (Chairman), Rick Robol--OH, and Catana Barnes--NV.

Independents from our network of grassroots activists and leaders attended and presented testimonies at the four meetings that were open for public comment: Coral Gables, FL on June 28, 2013, Denver, CO on August 8, 2013, Philadelphia, PA on September 4, 2013 and Cincinnati, OH on September 19 & 20, 2013. Steve Richardson, the committee chair, attended the first meeting of the President's Commission on Election Administration held in Washington, D.C. on June 21, 2013. Catana Barnes, President of Independent Voters of Nevada attended the PCEA hearing in Denver, CO on August 8, 2013, and provided testimonies to the PCEA for five of her fellow independent leaders (Jason Olson--CA, Brenda Sperduti and Janelle Wood--AZ, David Ellis--OR, and Randy Miller--UT) who could not attend the hearing, as well as her own personal testimony. At the hearing in Denver, activists presented an open letter to the Commission that 1100 people from 50 states signed. The statements and testimonies were passionate, personal and reflected the broad diversity of our movement.

The Commission, appointed by President Obama to look at the defects in the election process, chose to keep the focus very narrow; it was about election administration rather than voter participation. Jackie Salit, President of, pointed out in her article in The Daily Beast, "the gap between the enormity of the problems that the country faces and what the Commission is doing, is a little like opening an umbrella in the middle of a hurricane" (Kresky & Salit, 2013). In Ohio, the co-chair of the Commission, Robert Ginsberg, tried to stop independents from testifying saying that "since they have previously heard from independents" he wanted all of the independents to give only 1 testimony. Obviously, he didn't want to hear that independents want open primaries! All five independents from Ohio and Kentucky got up and delivered their individual testimonies, making it clear that the independents were not going to go away.

In December, the Commission is submitting their report to the President, and, of course, we are urging the Commission to include ways independents are locked out of the process. However, given the Commission is bi-partisan, headed  by Democrats and Republicans, we are not expecting much from them. But now they know that independents are growing and will not be sidelined.

Read all of the public comments at:


Denver, CO August 8, 2013--Pictured left to right: Commission co-chair Robert F. Bauer,'s Communications Director Sarah Lyons, President of Independent Voters of Nevada Catana Barnes, Colorado independent activists Gwen Ballard and Dave Buck.


 The Daily Beast article by Harry Kresky & Jacqueline Salit September 2, 2013


Letter to the editor submitted by Catana Barnes prior to testifying in Denver, CO:

 Reno Gazette Journal August 14, 2013

 Lincoln County Record August 5, 2013

Elko Daily Free Press August 2, 2013


 IVN: Independents Meeting President's Commission in Denver, Colorado by Bob Conner August 1, 2013



Independents Rising


Saturday, February 16th, 2013

NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

On February 16th, 2013, 450 independents gathered in New York City for the 7th National Conference of Independents

Check out highlights from the conference here


Pictures from the conference

Interview on Veterans in Politics

IVON's president, Catana Barnes, was interviewed by Steve Sanson, President of Veterans in Politics International, and Jim Jonas on the Veterans in Politics internet radio show out of Las Vegas, NV, on Saturday, October 13, 2012. Click here to listen to the interview

Independents get support from Congressman Amodei (R-NV)



On Tuesday, August 21, 2012, Catana Barnes, IVON's President, and Daniel Walton, IVON’s Treasurer, met with Congressman Amodei at his office in Reno, NV. Mr. Amodei asked them what the meeting was about and how he could be of help.

Catana introduced herself , the organization and provided a brief description of what they are working on (the national campaign to get congressional hearings on the second class status of independents, etc.) Catana then had Daniel provide the Congressman with a copy of the Bill of Particulars so she could go over some of the points with him including the number of independents currently registered in Nevada and in his district.

Congressman Amodei expressed a concern that he had about opening up the primaries, but after a short discussion on the matter, he stated that he definitely supported their efforts to get the hearings. He also acknowledged that independents are now the majority of the electorate and he said that he would be happy to write a letter to the Committee on the Judiciary, which he is a member of.

Congressman Amodei stated, “In my gut, I know it isn’t right that such a large portion of voters are unable to participate in the primaries.” Congressman Amodei asked if they had a sample letter, they said yes, and Daniel provided Mr. Amodei with copies of the three letters that had already been written by three other members of Congress (Michael E. Capuano of Massachusetts, Robert L. Turner-9th District-New York, and Michael Grimm-13th District-New York).

Mr. Amodei said that he will write the letter when he returns to Washington D.C., he will send a copy of the letter to Catana to look over to make sure the letter’s content is what they are looking for, she will contact him to let him know if the letter meets their needs, and then he will submit it to the committee.

Congressman Amodei and his staff members were very friendly and treated them with respect. Catana followed up the meeting with a thank you note to show their appreciation.



Click on the letter to read it.


I am pleased to announce that Jackie Salit's new book, Independents Rising: Outsider Movements, Third Parties and the Struggle for a Post-Partisan America, hit the bookshelves Tuesday, August 7, 2012. It's available now from your favorite online bookseller!
Publisher's Weekly  called the book "Earnest and informative . . . Covering both national and regional concerns, the book is strongest when it demystifies the movement itself . . . gives necessary voice to voters who are fed up with partisan politics and desire change." 

Jackie Salit will appear on Fox & Friends, Wednesday, August 8th launching her national book tour with radio and TV appearances, book signings and speaking events from August - November.


Read the advanced reviews on 

  Jackie Salit's new website

 Buy the Book:

amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound

You can read Catana's review of the book at:

Politics for the People

This is a copy of the most recent Letter to the Editor that was published in The Humboldt Sun out of Winnemucca, NV on Friday, March 2, 2012



Catana Barnes, President of IVON, was asked to provide an Independent's view on the Presidents State of the Union Address 
 The radio broadcast from January 25, 2012
"The Takeaway" radio show-- "Voters React to the State of the Union"
Read the wonderful piece on independent voters written by David Schwartz of the Las Vegas Sun that was published on January 15, 2012
 An Example of barriers independent voters face:
Independent Launches Campaign to Lobby Congress

June, 2011's new campaign calling on Congress to conduct hearings into the structural biases against independent voters has gotten off to a promising and eventful start. We're happy to share with you some of the early highlights in our new newsletter about the campaign. Make sure to send us your stories, pictures and letters to Congress as we grow our campaign together! Democracy wins when independents are included. 
Activists Pilot Meetings With Members
of Congress in 3 States

Michael Lewis and William Bowe from Independent Kentucky (IK) met with Congressman John Yarmouth.  IK has been leading a fight to open the primaries. Said Lewis "We highlighted how Kentucky and other states in this nation are keeping willing voters out of the process. We informed him we are going to bring him petitions and postcards from people in his district who support these issues."  Rep. Yarmouth acknowledged that open primaries create a more representative government.
Congressman Towns Says Yes!
New York County Independence Party Chair Cathy Stewart, and Vice Chair, Alvaader Frazier, Esq. met with Congressman Edolphus Towns on June 7th.  Rep. Towns from Brooklyn, who is very familiar with the grassroots organizing record of the Independence Party in New York City, is a member of the Subcommittee on Government Organization, Efficiency and Financial Management. Towns unhesitantly said that he would like to help, that Congress should hold hearings to explore the barriers independents face, and that it is important to work to expand the number of people that are participating. He indicated that if he were still the chair of the committee, he would just hold the hearings, but since he is not, he has to request hearings. Frazier commented: "It is left to us ordinary Americans to work for a more perfect democracy and the inclusion of all citizens in the democratic processes of our government. This campaign will take us closer to the structural reforms we as progressive independent leaders have been working/fighting and demanding for decades. Congressman Towns support signals that this campaign can succeed and Congressional hearings are in reach."   
Catana Barnes of Independent Voters of Nevada (IVON) met with the chief of staff for Senator Dean Heller who promised to brief Senator Heller about IVON's wishes for him to push for Congressional Hearings.  The staffer confirmed that sending letters to the Senator will really make a difference, so Catana is hitting the streets to gather dozens of letters.
The Bill of Particulars

The Bill of Particulars: Alvaader, Cathy, Michael and Catana all gave their Representatives copies of the "Bill of Particulars" - A Call for Congressional Hearings: VOTER RIGHTS VS PARTY RIGHTS:  INDEPENDENT VOTERS TREATED AS SECOND CLASS CITIZENS which highlights the various ways independents are disadvantaged. Click here to read.  
The Bill of Particulars was developed by a committee led by Steve Richardson of VA, and included Kim Wright, SD, Carl Farmer, RI; Bryan Puertas, NY and Catana Barnes, NV.  Great Work!
Grassroots Organizing: The Key to Success

Mike Pickering and Murray Dabby of Georgia Independent Voters collected 24 signed letters in an hour and a half outside the Virginia-Highland Arts & Crafts Festival fairground in Atlanta.  Dabby noted that many people, Democrats and Republicans included, were responsive to the call for hearings. They also met many strong independents who were glad to learn of a national effort to organize independents.
Key to our success to win Congressional hearings is a grassroots letter writing campaign. Download the letter here and send to your Congress member. Add to the letter or change it.  Send it to your network.  Ask folks at work to sign letters, get signatures at July 4th barbecues and at other family and friend events.
Summer fairs are in swing and Michael Lewis, Alex Kemble and the Independent Kentucky team set up a booth at both the New Castle Spring Fling and the Hillview City Fair.  Housed with an attractive Independent Kentucky banner and a flat screen TV which featured Lewis on CNN talking about open primaries, the crew gathered dozens of signatures on letters to Congress and a petition to support open primaries.
There are countless ways to reach out to others and build this campaign. Bob Friedman of Independent Alabama sent an email to his network asking them to write to their Congress members.
At a house party held in San Francsico, California at the home of Aaron Hammon, Jason Olson of reported that most attendees signed letters on the spot and also promised to email the letter to their networks.
100 Letters were signed at the New York City Independence Party's Spring Reception last Monday which honored several South Carolina leaders for their role in litigation which stopped the Republican Party from closing the primaries. 

Nancy Ross and Gwen Mandell
(212) 609-2800

No Labels dishonors themselves and trivializes independent voters

     On Tuesday, June 21, 2011, I was listening in on the weekly No Labels leader call when I heard a statement that I was greatly offended by (I was one of the citizen leaders/congressional district leaders for them). As a result of what I heard on that call, I wrote a letter to No Labels about the statement and let them know that I could no longer support them. I am truly disappointed. 

Copy of the letter I sent to No Labels via email on Wednesday, June 22, 2011: 

Hello Sarah,

I am writing to you today in response to a statement that was made during the weekly call yesterday. I am not sure if it was Nancy or Kiki, but one of them made the statement that No Labels was going to focus on getting independent voters in Maine to reregister as Republicans, due to their closed primary elections, as a way to garner support for Olympia Snowe during the primaries. I was greatly offended by the statement as I am an independent voter, I am the founder and president of Independent Voters of Nevada and I am working with on getting open primaries nationwide. I am disappointed that No Labels is, for all intents and purposes, campaigning for a candidate and that No Labels would trivialize independent voters. Independent voters are independent because they do not like the partisan politics of the Democratic and Republican parties, not because they cannot make up their minds. IVON-Independent Voters of Nevada truly espouses a no labels approach to politics which is stated on our website and is the reason I had decided to support No Labels. Unfortunately, due to what was stated, I no longer feel that I can support No Labels nor can I ask others to support No Labels.  


Catana L Barnes

President of IVON-Independent Voters of Nevada


Copy of the email I received on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 in response to the email posted above:

Hi Catana,

I completely understand your point of view and I'm truly sorry for any confusion the call may have caused.  I just want to clarify our mission and state our case to you however, just to make sure we are on the same page.  We are in complete agreement that open primaries need to be fought for, as your organization is doing.  Independents make up a good part of the No Labels movement, as they do a majority of the country.  We want to make sure they are enfranchised and have their voices heard.
However, as a near-term goal,
Maine has a closed primary and Olympia Snowe is an independent-minded politician who has garnered the support of MANY independents in Maine.  However because of the closed primary, they cannot vote for her, leaving the door open for an extremist challenger to attack her from the right.  We see support of a politician who so embodies the No Labels message as a way to test our case and garner support for the movement-- showcasing our effectiveness.  We want to empower independents to have their voices heard.

I hope that is helpful.  I hope that you will consider staying involved!

Sarah A. Feldman

No Labels

Office: 202-588-1990

[email protected]

Send a letter to your congressman/woman asking them for their support of Congressional Hearings on the ways that independents are locked out of the political process.

Print a copy of the letter below, fill in the information, and send it to your representative in Congress.

*Show your support for open primaries in Nevada by signing our grassroots petition.  Click on the link below to go to the petition.*

Independent Voters of Nevada was established on 10/26/2010 by Catana L Barnes with the help and support of our affiliate organization

  The IVON organization and this website are operated with donated materials, money and time. All donations are welcome.

Address: P.O. Box 60561 Reno, Nevada 89506 

Phone number: 775-354-3812

E-mail: [email protected]

Independent Voters of Nevada is a registered Political Action Committee (PAC) with the Nevada Secretary of State 

This website is updated regularly. 

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• Our nation is self-governing: this means that elected officials and civil servants work for the American People through their oath of office to the Constitution. All decisions of our government at every level should reflect loyalty to our nation and to the American People—not to political party bosses, campaign contributors or other special interests.

• The American People (“We the People”) should be the owners of America’s electoral process.

• Ideas should be judged on the reason and evidence that support them, not on the party or politician who propose them.

• Independents are united on these core values and support one another in advancing them through structural political reform, even though they may respectfully disagree on substantive policies.

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Independents Are Not Moderates

By Sarah Lyons, the Director of Communications for, a national association of independent voters and activists.

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