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Update on Americans Elect

Jim Cook has updates on Americans Elect activities in Arizona, Nevada and Ohio. The petitioner grapevine has it that Americans Elect petitioning has been completed in Arizona and Kansas, but Nevada is the only state that their signatures have been verified to have been turned in to the state through sources I have seen.

Petitioning for Americans Elect was started, then halted, in Michigan. And again according to the petitioner grapevine, they will be petitioning in several Southeastern states later this month or next month.

Also at Irregular Times, Jim Cook documents his efforts to find out more about Americans Elect.

Among several questions he poses:

In its short public statement, Americans Elect asserts that “every registered voter can become a delegate and decide who will run for and who will win the Americans Elect nomination,” but Americans Elect also asserts that the aim of this process is “to nominate a presidential ticket in 2012 that will bridge the vital center of American public opinion.” In a speech at the Breakthrough Gala on October 22 2010, Americans Elect President Peter Ackerman identified the same two elements: the process of a democratic selection and the outcome of a centrist ticket. In a democratic process, it is possible for people to choose a ticket that is not centrist. Which element of the Americans Elect plan – democratic process or centrist result – has a higher priority? If a democratic majority favors a ticket that is not centrist in the Americans Elect process, how will Americans Elect resolve the discrepancy?

Americans elect was previously known as Unity12 and before that as Unity08. Their 2008 plans were stymied by the FEC, but since then the issue(s) have been resolved in their favor and it appears that they have the money behind them to do what they want to do in 2012. Americans Elect is registered as a corporation in every US state, and Kellen Arno is listed as the Secretary of Americans Elect. In the 2nd and 3rd quarters of 2010, Americans Elect has paid $247,120 to Arno Political Consultants for its ballot access services. Americans Elect has plans to get on the ballot in all states.

See background on Americans Elect at Irregular Times and IPR.

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  1. paulie paulie January 18, 2011


    Yep, makes sense. BTW, give me a call when you have a few minutes and let me know if there’s anything new on the overall picture with this. I may have a thought or two myself.

  2. Hillbilly Hillbilly January 17, 2011


    could it be that the usual learning curve is involved…

    Collecting signatures in lovely balmy December and January in Michigan…when you could wait until…later…

    Makes on logical sense…

    And they learned that…Would be my hillbilly guess..

  3. paulie paulie January 17, 2011

    I’m not really sure why they started Michigan in the winter to begin with.

  4. paulie paulie January 17, 2011

    It’s not online, that’s just what I have heard through the petition grapevine.

  5. Jim Jim January 17, 2011

    Hey, thanks for the tip of the pen, IPR!

    Do you have a source for the news that petitioning has been halted in Michigan? I can’t find an indication of that with the Michigan Board of State Canvassers. Is that information available elsewhere?

  6. FYI! [More Don Lake] FYI! [More Don Lake] January 17, 2011

    hmmmmmmmmm, and the impact on the established Nevada Independent American Party by summer 2012?

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