A Closer Look at Independent Voters
Updated: Monday, October 8 2012, 10:49 PM EDT
With just four weeks until Election Day, President Obama and Mitt Romney are going all out for voters, including Independents. Tonight, Fox45 examines the role of those who vote Independent.
For most of his life, Clarence Mitchell the forth was a loyal democrat. But ten years ago the former state senator declared he was done with Democrats. When asked why he became and Independent Mitchell said, "because they're hypocrites."
Rob Sobhani was a Republican years ago but he too has defected. He is now running for U.S. Senate as an Independent. "It's shameful that Republicans and Democrats put their party above their country and that's wrong," said Sobhani. Sobhani has already spent four million dollars of his own money trying to capture the attention of Democrats, Republicans and the 584,000 voters in Maryland who are registered as unaffiliated.
Twenty years ago in Annapolis, Ross Perot thought he could shake up the status quo as an Independent candidate for president. "We're supposed to have a government that comes from us, we're tired of having a government that we pay for that comes as us."
Perot won 19 percent of the popular vote that year but his reform party would never evolve into a viable third political party.
If you haven't registered to vote, you can still do between now and October 16th, but if you choose to register not as a Democrat or a Republican then you forfeit your right to vote in the primary.
More than 37,000 Marylanders are registered with the Green Libertarian of other parties.