I joined up to vote at a California DMV. On a computer screen -- the page to register -- the first choice as a political entity was the American Independent Party. I wanted to sign up as an Independent. Further down the page was the option to key-in a choice: I typed: Independent.
The American Independent Party is a white nationalist party and might not be what a voter is looking for.
Independents can vote in the Democratic primary but not the Republican primary in California. - a source: KCRA-TV
"As of 2016 3% of California’s 17.2 million voters are registered with the AIP, making the party the third largest of California’s political parties” far behind Republicans, 28%, and Democrats, 43%.
“… It has long been thought by political analysts that the party, which has received very few votes in recent California elections, maintains its state ballot status because people join the American Independent Party mistakenly believing that they are registering as ‘independent’ voters." This was corroborated in a Los Angeles Times investigation in 2016… - Wikipedia
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