Even in these deeply polarized times, millions of California voters refuse to pick sides between the nation’s two most powerful political parties. And it’s those voters whom the leaders of the California Common Sense Party want to reach.

The start-up effort to break the two-party orthodoxy is being organized by a pair of former California lawmakers who spent much of their time in office as ideological misfits. Their goal is to appeal to voters who place value in collaboration, compromise and pragmatism.