Americans Elect

I was pretty close to putting this in the 2012 US Presidential Election thread, but I decided it merited it's own topic. It may even warrant a topic in Everything Else, but I figured I'd play it safe since it would probably just end up back here.

On the Colbert Report a few days ago Colbert interviewed someone from http://www.americanselect.org/ and I thought that the idea was really, really interesting. This is a non-partisan website that is negotiating with each state to get a third presidential candidate on the ballot. Any American registered voter can apparently register with this cite and nominate candidates. You can also fill out a little questionnaire about your political beliefs and get an eHarmony-esque narrowing of the candidates.

Sometime down the road they will have there own primary that all of the members can vote for, and that candidate will be on the ballot nation-wide along with all the of them.

I haven't signed up yet, but I'm in the process now.

The most pertinent page of their "about" section.

About Americans Elect wrote:

Americans Elect follows a simple, step-by-step process that culminates in the first-ever online convention:
• Shape the debate—sign up and define your political priorities
• Match with candidates—discover candidates that share your views
• Choose a ticket—narrow the field and vote in the online convention

And the winner will be on the 2012 ballot in every state.

Very interesting. I signed up and starting in on answering questions. Would be nice if this gains some traction with a reasonable electorate.

Farscry wrote:

Very interesting. I signed up and starting in on answering questions. Would be nice if this gains some traction with a reasonable electorate. :)

My fear then would be the third party would be reasonable and the two major parties would run on the extremes in order to get enough votes to win.

I wish them luck. Wikipedia says they have the signatures to get on the ballot in California, but California is a mid-range ballot access state - unless they have heavy duty funding or a large volunteer organization, they will go nowhere except perhaps educating Americans on just how hard it is to get on the ballot as a third party.

And, so it ends.

However, the rules, as developed in consultation with the Americans Elect Delegates, are clear. As of this week, no candidate achieved the national support threshold required to enter the Americans Elect Online Convention in June. The primary process for the Americans Elect nomination has come to an end.