This April 1st, let’s protect voters from being AIPrl Fooled. What if an annual prank placed a half-million voters into a political party they didn’t want to be in? What if that prank was played on 130,000 Latinos, Asians and African Americans, who were tricked into registering for a political party that was formed to advance segregation and eliminate all immigration?
You’d have to be a fool to think that was funny. An AIPrl Fool.
Today I’m launching Don’t Be AIPrl_Fooled, a grassroots campaign to bring awareness to the fact that hundreds of thousands of Californians are accidentally registering as members of the American Independent Party (AIP) based on their assumption that checking off the AIP designation means that they are now registered as “independent” of any party. Previous attempts to remedy this situation have focused on either legally challenging the way the AIP party is presented on the ballot or by getting them to change their name. But these efforts have had limited results.