- Associated Press - Monday, February 9, 2015

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Secretary of State Kate Brown has formally designated the Independent Party of Oregon as a major political party.

The designation announced Monday allows the Independent Party to participate in primary elections.

Party officials said last week that their ranks reached five percent of the total voters registered for the November election. That’s the threshold for a major party designation.

Brown’s office says the Independent Party’s status will be verified again on Aug. 17 to determine whether it gets a spot in the May 2016 statewide primary.

The Independent Party joins the Republican and Democratic parties as major political parties in Oregon.

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