About LIV

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Want to learn about the League of Independent Voters of Texas? Here's some basics. But, the best way is to get involved with LIV. Democracy is not a spectator sport.

What is LIV's mission?
Organizing millions of Texas independents to break the two-party doom loop.

What is LIV's Vision?
Policy not politics • Fix problems -- not make them. • Electoral competition, not chaos!

What is LIV?
LIV is a 501c4 non-partisan, non-profit organization. Our by-laws allow for election of up to 32 board members, representing geographic districts across Texas you may view on Districts Page here.

Does LIV Support Candidates?
On occasion, we support candidates for non-partisan races -- City Council, school boards, water boards and the like. It is not our primary mission. We require a 2/3 vote to gain our candidate endorsement.

Does LIV Support Ballot Measures?
Yes, we support or oppose ballot measures. AND, sometimes we help local groups develop their own "homegrown petitions" for a public vote on local issues. We require a 2/3 vote to gain our measure endorsement.

Slogan: Civic participation not civil war!

Theme: LIV’s cowboy theme is a reminder that we need an open range where the ideological and party fences that divide us are taken down forever in our country.

From LIV's articles of incorporation: LIV is recognized by the IRS as a non-profit, 501c4 organization dedicated to promoting the social welfare of the citizens of Texas by researching, developing, advocating and educating citizens about, legislative, regulatory and program reforms that address issues which unite Texans across party lines. LIV seeks to present Texans with alternative policy choices, including but not limited to fiscal accountability; protection of land, water and air; and electoral, initiative and referendum, and ballot access reforms.

Nat Love, a typical cowboy...and freed slave, 1907
Nat Love, a typical cowboy...and freed slave, 1907

The Culture of LIV: The accumulation of power in one place, in our view, is the problem in politics today. Therefore, LIV strives to build a new kind of organization designed to disperse, rather than to amass, power. We quickly eject (as nicely as we can) those who seek to abuse the organization for petty squabbles, self-enrichment and partisan axe grinding.

Motto: Do the work and this will set you free!

Principles:

  • To strive to give accurate, reliable information whether it “fits to print” for independents or not.
  • To expose those working against the interests of a more open debate on policies affecting ordinary Texans.
  • To level playing the field in the elections process.
  • To increase electoral competition by opening up our system to more than two parties.
  • To admit when we are wrong, whether someone catches us or not!
  • To unite Texans – across divisions – economic, geographic, lifestyle and race, color and creed.