- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Tens of thousands of California voters, including actresses Demi Moore, Kaley Cuoco and Emma Stone, have mistakenly registered as members of the ultraconservative American Independent Party, The Los Angeles Times has found.

The pro-life, anti-gay marriage group bills itself as “The Fastest Growing Political Party in California,” but a survey conducted for The Times found that nearly three in four members registered with the party in error because of confusion over the word “independent.” Many of the voters who registered as AIP members apparently believed they were declaring no party affiliation. A voter registered with the AIP will be allowed to vote only for presidential candidates on the AIP ballot, The Times reported.

“And now, I’m going to have to tell them,” Jill LaVine, Sacramento County’s registrar of voters, told The Times. “And this is going to hit them hard.”

Of the 500 AIP voters surveyed, less than 4 percent could correctly identify their own registration as a member of the American Independent Party, The Times reported. After being read excerpts of the party’s platform, more than 50 percent of those surveyed said they wanted to leave the AIP.

“The views of this party do not accurately reflect my personal beliefs and I am not affiliated with any political party,” Miss Cuoco of “The Big Bang Theory” said in a statement to The Times. “As such, I am taking the necessary steps to immediately remove my name as a member of this voting party.”

“Demi Moore is not, nor has ever been, a member of the American Independent Party,” a representative for Miss Moore told The Times. “Any record that states otherwise is a mistake.”

Miss Stone also plans to reregister before the June election, her representative told The Times.

AIP leaders offered regret for the confusion.

“I’m just sorry that people get confused,” Mark Seidenberg, the party’s chairman, told The Times. “A lot of people just don’t understand what they’re doing when they fill out a form.”

The deadline to register or change voter registration status for the June 7 primary is May 23.

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