In Colorado the Constitution Party’s affiliate is called the American Constitution Party. The chairman of the party, Doug Campbell, recently complained to the state about Americans Elect due to the fact that they both have “American” at the beginning of the party’s name.
The party filed a complaint against the secretary of state’s office, saying the name of a new political party known as Americans Elect is too similar to its own — a situation that “would create unnecessary confusion at the ballot box.”
Campbell cited a state law that prohibits a minor political party from using “in whole or in part” the name of an existing party. He asked Secretary of State Scott Gessler to rescind approval of the party’s name.
“I suppose I could create the Demo-Publican-Liber-Green Party. But I don’t think that would fly,” Campbell said Thursday. “And this doesn’t fly with us.”
Andrew Cole, a spokesman for Gessler’s office, noted the word “American” is commonly used and that “Colorado” also appears in the names of the state’s Republican, Democratic, Green and Libertarian parties.
“We don’t think that Colorado voters are going to have a hard time distinguishing between the two parties,” Cole said.
The American Constitution Party has 3,255 registered voters.