Colorado’s Constitution Party Complains About Americans Elect

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.

8 thoughts on “Colorado’s Constitution Party Complains About Americans Elect

  1. Stephen VanDyke

    Americans Elect can’t catch any good press, they have a $9m website that probably could have been done for $90K and maybe 90K users registered (and zero voters, lol)…so do the math on their long term viability.

    A lawsuit like this is kinda funny because it’s just as much about raising the Colorado American Constitution Party’s profile as it is about dissing the Americans Elect Internet President Justin Bieber Party (a.k.a. the latest political fad that will fade faster than Buchanan’s aimless Reform Party).

  2. paulie


    “Ad Hoc Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 6:28 am
    Has anyone thought of suing a party for having the word “party” in its name yet?”

  3. Root's Teeth Are Awesome

    Dumb lawsuit.

    Not entirely. In the 1970s/80s, the Libertarian Party in New York was forced to call itself the Free Libertarian Party.

    This is because the Liberal Party protested that Libertarian sounded too close to Liberal — and the Liberal Party won.

    I don’t know if it was the courts, or the Secretary of State, that forced the LP to call itself the Free Libertarian Party, but forced they were.

    I also don’t know when they were finally able to drop the “Free.”

  4. Darryl W. Perry

    “Buchanan’s aimless Reform Party”

    Perot started the Reform Party, Buchanan was 2000 Presidential nominee. I guess the Reform Party is Buchanan’s as much as the LP is Roger MacBride’s Libertarian Party.

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