Thousands sign up for wrong party in California, including Demi Moore and other celebrities, over a mixup. A telephone survey of 500 members of the American Independent Party found nearly 3 of 4 people did not realize they had enrolled in a political party that opposes abortion rights and same sex marriage and calls for building a fence along the U.S. border.
Voters were confused by the use of the word “independent” in the party’s name, FOX News reports. In California, voters who do not want to register with any party must check a box on a registration form for “no party preference.”
“I just blew it,” Deborah Silva, 64, of Point Arena in Mendocino County, said. “There were a number of choices. I just checked the box that said ‘independent.'”
Of people surveyed in the poll, fewer than 4 percent could correctly identify their own registration as a member of the American Independent Party.
As thousands sign up for the wrong party in California, Moore was among Hollywood celebrities with known Democratic leanings listed as members, The Hollywood Reporter noted. She has contributed money to and campaigned for President Barack Obama. Her registration as an AIP member is wrong, a representative said.
“Demi Moore is not, nor has ever been, a member of the American Independent Party,” the representative said.
When Patrick Schwarzenegger, son of former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, registered to vote in 2013, he selected the American Independent Party. A family spokesman said Schwarzenegger, 22, plans to change his registration.
According to the Secretary of State’s Office, the American Independent Party in California has about 472,000 members, or 2.7 percent of the statewide total.
The American Independent Party’s roots date to 1967 when George Wallace, a segregationist, launched his ?second? run for the White House. Wallace, ?who had run as a Democrat in 1964, helped create the party and ran on its ticket.? Today, that party exists only in California.
“We’re not segregationist anymore,” said Markham Robinson, who serves as chairman of the American Independent Party’s executive committee. “What we are now is a conservative, constitutionalist party.”
The Tri-County Sun Times said some voters who mistakenly registered with the party said they found the state’s official registration materials confusing.
As thousands sign up for the wrong party in California, the survey of members of the American Independent Party was conducted by telephone Feb. 9-11. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.