Since our last update:
At Ballot Access News:
The Americans Elect web page now says the group has obtained 1,903,444 signatures on petitions to get on the ballot, so far. This contrasts with the figure of three weeks ago, which was 1,829,264.
Elliot Ackerman, Chief Operating Officer for Americans Elect, has this Huffington Post piece, criticizing the Electoral College. The piece also criticizes the presidential primary process used by the two major parties.
Doyle McManus has this fairly lengthy op-ed about Americans Elect in the Los Angeles Times. Although there is not a great deal of new information in the piece, it does have a more expanded list of potential presidential candidates that Americans Elect might possibly nominate. Also, at the end, it suggests that Americans Elect might very well jump into congressional races in 2014.
Americans Elect has announced a series of press conferences around the nation, to increase its own visibility, and to make its nomination process clearer to the public. The first event is at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on November 2. Four more events in November are at these locations: (1) Harvard University, Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School, on November 7; (2) University of Denver on November 10; (3) University of Southern California’s Unruh School of Politics on November 16; (4) Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee) on November 28.
On October 24, Americans Elect submitted its party petition to Utah elections officials. See this story. Utah requires 2,000 valid signatures, and Americans Elect turned in approximately 4,000.
At Irregular Times:
Guest Post: Americans Elect: The ‘Little Big Man’ of Astroturf? (see comment thread)