Congress is broken. The Supreme Court has run amok.
Have We the People lost control of our democracy?
It might seem so, but now there’s a way We can take back our government.
Join the Issues-Only Party (IOP)
Vote for What You Want, Not Who You Want
Here’s how it works:
1. Join the IOP by clicking the Join link at the top of this page (it’s free; we’re America’s first open-source political party). You must be a registered voter to join; if you’re not registered to vote, here’s a link that will get you started.
2. When you join the IOP, we customize a personal democracy “dashboard” for you, based on your zip code, that identifies all of your major state and Federal elected officials (during election season, all candidates on the ballot in your district are added to your dashboard).
3. From your dashboard, at any time (no need to wait for election day), you can use our “No” Vote Pledge (NVP) tool to force your elected representatives to act on certain issues that a majority of Americans want to see addressed.
4. We’re starting out by offering four NVP campaign issues (see below); more will be added later. When you pledge your “No” vote for a particular issue, it’s added to the total that’s displayed in the corresponding NVP campaign window below. When the total number of pledged “No” votes reaches a majority of voters in a given district, it says to the politicians of that district: make this happen, or leave office. Don’t even bother running in your next election; a majority of voters have promised in advance that they won’t vote for you.
5. When election time comes, your dashboard will identify those candidates you can vote for (those who support the issue(s) you’re pledged to), and those you shouldn’t vote for (because they’ve refused to support one or more of your issues). Of course in order for NVP campaigns to work, We the People – meaning You — need to follow through with your promise and vote only for candidates who support your pledged issues.
6. Because candidates for Federal office must raise millions of dollars in campaign contributions to compete in their next election, they value money far more than votes. So if you’re not a major campaign contributor, your individual vote has virtually no influence. The IOP not only restores the influence of your vote, it multiplies it: instead of voting just once, on election day, on behalf of a single candidate who’s already pre-owned by other interests, the IOP allows you to use your vote many times more, at your convenience, on behalf of crucial issues that a majority of American want to see addressed.