Sign our Electronic Petitions!! From May 19 through June 2!

Give yourself another choice on the November ballot!!

Minor party and independent candidates have to petition to get onto the November ballot. Republicans and Democrats simply pay a small fee ($100 to $400) – we need up to 2500 signatures AND we’ll still have to pay the same filing fee to ensure our access.

Because of the Coronavirus we have been given an option of using electronic signatures for petitions. Use your voice today to get a candidate onto the ballot.  We have two online petitions for you.  Just click the link, fill it out, sign and then click “Submit”, it automatically gets sent to us.  Depending on the device you are using you’ll use your finger, a stylus or your mouse/mousepad to sign.

U.S. Senate – Paul Beshah petition

And, if you live in the Fifth Congressional District (Minneapolis and first ring suburbs)

U.S House District 5 – Bradley Svenson petition


Thank you for helping to get additional choices onto November’s ballot. If you have any questions please send them to

Current IP Highlights

State EC Endorses for U.S. Senate and State Senate District 16

The State Executive Committee, at its May 3 meeting, endorsed Paul Beshah for U.S. Senate and Joshua Prine for State Senate District 16.

Read the press release for more information.

IP Blog Entry: To “Re-Open” or Not, That Is Not The Question

Read our newest IP Blog entry. Written by State Chair Phil Fuehrer on re-opening the Minnesota economy in light of COVID-19:

The call to “reopen” the Minnesota (and national) economy has grown over the last couple of weeks.  Decisions on “stay-at-home”, “reopen” and under what conditions need to be made, first on assumptions/ predictions and with data as that information comes in.

A month has now passed since that April 7 posting and more data has come in.  Some of that data…

You can read the full blog entry here.

Op-Ed Commentary Response: Vote for the Candidates You Support

Recently, an op-ed writer wrote of third parties as spoilers. IP State Chair Phil Fuehrer has written a response encouraging people to vote for the candidates they support.

What do you get when you vote for alternative candidates? You get more voices in the system, more choices at the ballot box and a better chance at a truly responsive and representative government.

IP Blog Entry: COVID-19 Spectrum of Leadership Decisions; Not “Correct” or “Incorrect” Answers

Read our newest IP Blog entry. Written by State Chair Phil Fuehrer on leadership decision-making spectrums:

Politics, like life, is complicated, as is leadership. As much as partisans on both sides of the liberal/conservative aisle would like to convince us otherwise there is rarely a directly “correct” or “wrong” answer or decision. Instead, there is more often a spectrum of decisions, each with…

You can read the full blog here.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming events of interest:

  • Annual State Convention, POSTPONED (Location/Time TBD)
  • State Executive Committee Meeting, Sunday, May 3, on Zoom – 1pm
  • Candidate Ballot Access Petitioning – May 19 to June 2 (be on the lookout for more info!!)
  • Twin Cities Pride, POSTPONED TBD, Minneapolis, MN
  • State Executive Committee Meeting, Sunday, June 7, TBD – 1pm

Email: for more information on any upcoming event.

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In 1992, a group of Minnesota citizens established a brand new political party—the Independence Party. These bold, visionary citizens were not part of the political elite, captains of industry, or members of the idle rich looking to fill some time. They were ordinary citizens whose disgust with constant budget deficits, big money special interest influence, and extreme ideological dominance forced them to action.

Twenty five year later those same frustrations have only grown worse.  The Independence Party continues its work to solving the issues and giving Minnesotans a true voice.


Our philosophy is that the only wasted vote is the one cast for something you don’t want. If you’re voting the “lesser of two evils” then you’re wasting your vote.  Vote your conscience and it’s never a wasted vote.

We’ve always stood for government and election/campaign finance reform. We still do. There was a time when it was fair to say we didn’t stand for a whole lot more. That has changed. We’ve put flesh to bone and now cover more than 10 broad topic areas with both overarching philosophies in those areas as well as directly related planks.  At your leisure please read more about our principles and our platform.

We are always looking for potential candidates – from city council or park board to U.S. Senate.  Contact us and we’ll talk about what your best “fit” might be.


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