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United Independent Party
Founded2014
Membership (2015)30,368 [1]
Ideology Centrism,
Social liberalism
Modern Liberalism
Political position Center to Center-left
Colors     Blue & White
Seats in the Massachusetts Senate
0 / 40
Seats in the Massachusetts House
0 / 160
Website
www.unitedindependent.org

The United Independent Party or "UIP" is a political party based in Massachusetts, United States. The chairperson of the UIP is Evan Falchuk, a former health care executive who submitted enough signatures to be on the 2014 gubernatorial ballot. [2] When the party and Falchuk announced their intention to run in 2014, it billed itself as pragmatically progressive and fiscally sensible. [3]

The party won more than 3% of the vote in the 2014 gubernatorial ballot and was officially recognized in Massachusetts as a major party, alongside Democrats, Republicans, and the Green-Rainbow Party. [4] Following the 2014 election, the party announced that it would seek to enroll 50,000 Massachusetts residents in the UIP by the end of 2015. [5]

The UIP was spearheading an effort to have a referendum on the Boston bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics [6] before the bid was withdrawn.

In November 2016, the UIP lost official party status in Massachusetts. [7]

In February 2017, party President Evan Falchuk left the UIP and joined the Democratic Party. [8] Falchuk has hinted that he's leaving the door open for a possible run for governor in 2018. [9]

History

Establishment of official party status

Founded in 2014 as the United Independent Party, the party attained official political party status in the state of Massachusetts when founder Evan Falchuk ran for the 2014 Massachusetts gubernatorial election as Governor. Official political party status in Massachusetts affects how political groups can use finances, and official political parties are guaranteed ballot access. The Falchuk ticket received 3.33% of the vote in Massachusetts, where state law requires 3% during state and national elections for establishing and maintaining official party status. An alternate method to establish and maintain state party status in Massachusetts is to have over 1% of voters registered in their party, a threshold that the UIP has not met yet but is working towards.

2016 presidential primaries

Prior to the 2016 presidential primaries, Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin stated that officials had noted an "inexplicable increase" in new members of the United Independent Party, especially amongst casual voters who were registering for the first time or online (UIP membership grew from 1,867 in February 2015 to roughly 21,000 by the end the year). Galvin became concerned that many of these voters had accidentally enrolled in the party in the belief that they were registering as "unenrolled", commonly referred to as independent, and would be allowed to vote in either primary. In late January 2016, Galvin sent a letter to the 20,914 enrolled members of the party, informing them that they may have signed up incorrectly. By February 2, about 5,500 had switched from the United Independent Party to unenrolled. According to Falchuk, he had no problem with the letter sent out by the Secretary's office. He also stated that the UIP had also sent out its own emails and even encouraged members to change party identification in order to vote in the primaries and then change back later. Falchuk did take issue with Galvin's statement to WGBH radio, in which he remarked that voters had likely enrolled with the UIP by accident. Falchuk stated that he felt that this was "an elected official using his office not to educate voters ... but rather to say, 'We don't think you should be involved in that party.'" Galvin responded that he had an "obligation to make sure that voters have the ability to vote the way they want to vote... My concern is if these folks, and I'm speaking now particularly the ones who remain in his party and didn't join it intentionally, if they go into the polls on March 1 and try to pull a Democratic or Republican ballot, they won't be able to do it." [10] [11] [12] [13]

Official Party Status Lost

The third party needed to register 1 percent of the state's registered voters, roughly 45,000, as party members before the November election. The party fell short, with 30,368 registered voters as of Oct. 19, according to the party and just-released registration data from the secretary of state's office. The organization will continue to exist, but will be a political designation. The founder of the United Independent Party, Evan Falchuk, said that he and his organization will not disappear.

Loss Of Founder

The founder of the United Independent Party of Massachusetts, Evan Falchuk, switched his registration to the Democratic Party in February 2017 saying that "The time to act is too short, the stakes too high, and the rules too skewed, for a third party to lead this fight." [14]

UIP Registered Voter History

RV.= Registered Voters

Year RV. % Notes Ref.
Feb. 2015 1,867 [15]
Feb. 2016 16,476 [16]
Nov. 2016 30,368 .67% Lost its official party status. Needed 1% or 45,000RV. [17]

Massachusetts Gubernatorial Results

Year Nominee Votes
2014 Evan Falchuk 71,814 (3.33%)

See also

References

  1. ^ "Massachusetts Registered Voter Enrollment: 1948-2015". Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  2. ^ Miller, Joshua (June 23, 2014). "Independent candidate Evan Falchuk launches advertising campaign, submits signatures to get on ballot". Boston Globe. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  3. ^ Tyler, Taylor (July 14, 2013). "Newly Formed United Independent Party Makes MA Gubernatorial Run". Independent Voter Network. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  4. ^ Emmanouilidou, Lydia (November 6, 2014). "United Independent Party Gains Official Status". WGBH. Retrieved 7 November 2014.
  5. ^ Rizzuto, Robert (November 18, 2014). "Evan Falchuk's political mission in Massachusetts continues as he shifts focus to enrolling 50K people in United Independent Party". The Republican. Retrieved 28 November 2014.
  6. ^ Lehigh, Scott (January 22, 2015). "Let the public vote on the Olympics". Boston Globe. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Massachusetts Directory of Political Parties and Designations". Secretary of State of Massachusetts. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  8. ^ Schoenberg, Shira. "Independent Evan Falchuk joins Democratic Party". MassLive. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  9. ^ "Fresh off Olympic win, Falchuk won't rule out run for governor". www.bostonherald.com. Retrieved 2017-04-08.
  10. ^ Levenson, Eric (February 9, 2016). "Officials: Thousands of voters confused by 'independent' party name". Boston.com. Retrieved April 25, 2016.
  11. ^ "Mass. Secretary Of State Worried About Voter Confusion Around Independent Status". CBS Boston. February 9, 2016.
  12. ^ "Officials Unsure How Many Voters May Be Confused About United Independent Party Registration". WBUR. February 10, 2016. Retrieved April 25, 2016.
  13. ^ Clauss, Kyle Scott (February 10, 2016). "Did Bill Galvin's Warning to United Independent Party Voters Cross a Line?". Boston Magazine. Retrieved April 25, 2016.
  14. ^ "Independent Evan Falchuk joins Democratic Party". masslive.com. Retrieved 2018-01-04.
  15. ^ "Elections: Massachusetts Registered Voter Enrollment". www.sec.state.ma.us. Retrieved 2017-06-07.
  16. ^ "Elections: Massachusetts Registered Voter Enrollment". www.sec.state.ma.us. Retrieved 2017-06-07.
  17. ^ "Evan Falchuk not ruling out run against Secretary of State Bill Galvin". masslive.com. Retrieved 2017-06-07.

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