Independent Voters of Nevada


Independent Voters of Nevada

is a grassroots organization that was created as a way for independent voters in Nevada to build a collective voice and make our presence known. We are not forming a party, we are building a forum and community for independent voters and independent-minded voters. We believe that the current two-party, partisan political system and ideologies no longer work for our 21st Century Republic, or our state, and we believe Nevada must have open primaries that includes all voters at every step of the political process. Including every voter creates unity, and we believe that unity will make our state and our nation stronger.

Our national affiliate

IVON is affiliated with, a national strategy and organizing center for the growing independent movement. has a regular national conference call every 6 weeks with independents from all over the country (sign up for the conference call today) and provides regular support to our local organizing activities. We are looking forward to building strong working relationships here in Nevada.

                               Does IVON endorse and/or campaign for candidates?

At this time, IVON does not endorse candidates, and we do not get involved in campaigning for candidates.  IVON is focused on empowering voters by building a collective voice and reforming Nevada's political process to include ALL voters.
About the president:

Catana L Barnes is a national and international award winning, professional artist, freelance writer and a community and political activist with a passion for helping people. She holds an AA Degree in Art from Rogers State University ('98), a BA Degree in Art with a Minor in Journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno ('02) as well as a Certificate of Graduation in Medical Transcription from Career Step ('07) . Catana is a  member of Nevada Women's Lobby, the American Association of University Women as well as an informal activist with many national activist organizations such as Amnesty International and the American Civil Liberties Union. She is always looking for ways to be involved in making positive changes for her community, her country and for people.


Support IVON's efforts to build an independent movement in Nevada.

Nevadans, and Americans throughout the United States, want independent political alternatives. Turning the possibility into a reality is where you come in.  As a donor, you are investing in the independent movement for political reform in our country and here in Nevada.  We will keep you informed of the growth and development of our organization and the independent movement via our website and bi-monthly e-Newsletter (NEW! Beginning September, 2012).  Thank you in advance for your support!

To make a donation, please contact Catana L Barnes at [email protected]



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We Need Your Help!

IVON-Independent Voters of Nevada needs volunteers to make phone calls, to collect signatures and help grow our organization. If you are interested, or know someone who may be interested, please send contact information by e-mail to [email protected].     Thank you!

Information about the President

 Catana L Barnes

Founder and president of IVON 

Upcoming Events

IVON's Next Meeting

Monday, November 18, 2013

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Location:      Juicy's Giant Hamburgers   NEW Location!

301 S Wells Ave, Reno, NV

IVON's meetings are also listed under Events where a map of the meeting location is provided.

If you need more information and/or to RSVP, please e-mail Catana L Barnes at [email protected]

Thank You.

Every independent voter and independent minded voter is invited to attend!

Article in Nevada News & Views

Independents Are Not Moderates

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

Click on the link below for more information on the indepenedent movement-


Take our survey for Independent voters. 


Sign up here for the National Conference Call for Independents  --Every six weeks, CUIP president Jacqueline Salit hosts America's largest ongoing national call for independents. She provides updates about what independents are doing around the country and how the movement is growing. Get connected, hear updates. 

The next conference call: 

Where Do We "Grow" From Here?

The Independent View

A National Conference Call for Independents

Please join independents from around the country for a national conference call:

Tuesday, April 23

8:00 pm ET, 7:00 pm CT, 6:00 pm MT, 5:00 pm PT

Register for the call here:

































Activist Page at

Click on the link below to read the posting about Independent Voters of Nevada

Activist Center Highlights-Nevada

From the Conference of Independents Saturday, February 12, 2011 at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York City

Independents now represent 40% of the electorate nationwide.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead


Join the Book Club for Independent Voters!

Politics for the People is designed to take you behind the scenes for a look at politics and history from an independent’s point of view.

Our Book Club will read and discuss books of interest to independents. We're now 40% of Americans.

The Next Book Club Selection

Read the advanced reviews!


Book Club Selection for June

This is a good book for understanding the historical aspect of partisan politics.

Book Club Selection for February

I highly recommend this book to everyone! This was an exceptional read.  Catana Barnes, President of IVON

From Macmillian

As our country’s politicians engage in bitter partisan battles, focused on protecting their own jobs but not on doing the nation’s business, and political pundits shout louder and shriller to improve their ratings, it’s no wonder that Americans have little faith in their government. But is America as divided as the politicians and talking heads would have us believe? Do half of Americans stand on the right and the other half on the left with a no-man’s-land between them?

Hardly. Forty percent of all American voters are Independents who occupy the ample political and ideological space in the center. These Americans are anything but divided, and they’re being ignored. These Independents make up the largest voting bloc in the nation and have determined the outcome of every election since World War II. Every year their numbers grow, as does the unconscionable disconnect between them and the officials who are supposed to represent them.

The Swing Vote: The Untapped Power of Independents tells the story of how our polarized political system is not only misrepresenting America but failing it. Linda Killian looks beyond the polls and the headlines and talks with the frustrated citizens who are raising the alarm about the acute bi-polarity, special interest-influence, and gridlock in Congress, asking why Obama’s postpartisan presidency is anything but, and demanding realism, honest negotiation, and a sense of responsibility from their elected officials.

Killian paints a vivid portrait of the swing voters around the country and presents a new model that reveals who they are and what they want from their government and elected officials. She also offers a way forward, including solutions for fixing our broken political system. This is not only a timely shot across the bows of both parties but an impassioned call to Independents to bring America back into balance.

Amazon: $16.97 / Kindle $12.99 * * * Barnes and Noble: $16.97 / Nook $12.99

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Copy of a letter to President Obama about independent voters and our current two-party, partisan, political system.


Dear President Obama, October 19, 2010  

I am an independent voter who is politically active in my community, and concerned with the divisiveness of our current political system. Through my political activism, I have had the opportunity to discuss multiple issues with people, and every single voter I have spoken with does not believe that any voter should ever be excluded from any part of the political process. Unfortunately, that is exactly what our current two-party system does, and that is why we believe that the two-party political system no longer has a place in our 21st Century Republic. Instead, we believe it is time to move our country forward by embracing non-partisanship and opening up the entire political process to include independents. We believe that the well-being of our nation depends on unity rather than divisiveness, and doing away with partisan politics and ideologies will help make that unity possible.  


Catana L Barnes

[email protected]

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