A Times investigation has found that a majority of the people in California's largest third party likely joined in error. Nearly three in four people did not realize they were members of the party, a survey of registered AIP voters commissioned by The Times found.
Residents of rural and urban communities, students and business owners and top Hollywood celebrities with known Democratic leanings — including Sugar Ray Leonard, Demi Moore and Emma Stone — were among those who believed they were declaring that they preferred no party affiliation when they checked the box for the American Independent Party.
The list of AIP members even includes Times staffers.
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