Independents exist, but Republican and Democratic officials like a two-party system
The Kansas City Star cited research by Bonnie Reiss and Christian Grose of the USC Price School’s Schwarzenegger Institute and colleagues on how independent voters will impact future elections. Grose is also affiliated with the USC Dornsife College.
Election laws vary greatly from state to state in everything from open/closed primaries to ballot qualifications, but there is a generally universal one-size-fits-all rule: The two major political parties, while seemingly at odds with everything else, will continue to work together to keep our nation a two-party system.
A good framer for a better understanding of independent voters and their potential for inclusion in elections is “Gamechangers: Independent Voters May Rewrite the Political Playbook.” The October report, which calls for more pinpointed and focused research on independent voters, was a collaborative effort by Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy, University of Southern California’s Schwarzenegger Institute and Independent Voting.