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Mark McKinnon, Americans Elect supporter, on the radio advocating for third parties and electoral reform

On Philadelphia’s NPR station, WHYY, this morning, Daily Beast columnist, No Labels advocate, and former Bush Administration official Mark McKinnon advocated for a third party and electoral reform, specifically to the presidential selection process.  He particularly called for support of Americans Elect, while also calling more broadly for supporting third parties.  McKinnon discussed issues of partisanship, democratic integrity, the lack of “more choices and voices in the system,” ballot access reform, and the online nomination process, among other things.  You can listen here – McKinnon comes on with about 17:00 remaining in the show.


  1. matt cholko matt cholko February 1, 2012

    I think thier long term success will depend, in no small part, on the quality of candidates that they can attract this year. A couple of bigs names, with a few $$$ behind them, who can get several percent of the vote will ensure that they are viewed as something serious in future elections.

  2. paulie paulie January 31, 2012

    They’ll find candidates.

  3. Shawn Levasseur Shawn Levasseur January 31, 2012

    I doubt they will even have the relative success of a Reform Party. They at least sprung up around a candidate. AE doesn’t even have so much as an ideology.

    Not to mention that it has a nominating process that is murky at best, given the self appointed “insiders” seem to reserve the right to approve/disapprove candidates to some degree. I’m very wary of this organization.

  4. Ad Hoc Ad Hoc January 31, 2012

    Hard to say.

    They may go the way of the Reform Party, or they may become the new major party in a one-party system as the Democrats and Republicans go kerplunk, or we may have a new three party system.

  5. zapper zapper January 31, 2012

    Do you think they’ll still exist in any significant way 9 years from now?

  6. paulie paulie January 31, 2012

    All states and DC. Bet any amount of money on it.

  7. Melty Melty January 30, 2012

    do ya think theyll get on ballot in more than forty states?

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