I find that people who claim to be Libertarian are much more independent then people claiming to be Independents.
To me Libertarians are a little more libertarian than "independent", full stop. Their emphasis seems to me more on one's own rights and maybe a little less on how they stop where someone else's start. Definitely not wanting to convert this thread into aI find this to be a good description in general of people claiming to be Independents.
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"Independent voter" to me means as a New York state registered voter, someone not enrolled as member of a party recognized by the state's election boards, so unable to participate in any party's' primary elections and can only vote in the general elections.
But "independent voter" to me also means independent of allegiance to a particular party's platforms, regardless of whether enrolled in a party.
One can be registered in a party and still weigh platforms and policy proposals of one party over another though, and in fact in the past I have remained a registered Democrat while occasionally casting votes for Republicans or Conservatives in certain slots. Not, however since the Republicans and Democrats became so polarized on assorted issues and started playing games working around federal laws by tweaking state ones. .
Being an independent voter (regardless of party reggie) in a general election says "show me why I should vote for you, whether you are a candidate from one of the two major parties or from some other party. "
I used to think that was simple enough. Now with that game playing of both parties trying to undo federal laws (or agency rules) at local levels, it's not so simple. It drives me to the left, actually and it may well drive independent former Republicans to the right.