Web-based political party emerging
December 20, 2011
An online nominating “convention” will seek to select an alternative presidential candidate through a unique campaign being prepared by a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit group, Americans Elect, for California’s November ballot. [SacramentoBee]
The group’s plan is to bypass the traditional caucus and convention candidate selection processes, and utilize the Web “to create a nonpartisan process allowing voters of all political leanings to choose an alternative presidential ticket.” In effect, Americans Elect becomes a political party itself, qualified by 1.6 million registered voters’ signatures.
Americans Elect’s presidential and vice-presidential nominees must belong to different political parties, and will be selected in June, in the country’s first online, national nominating convention.
The group has earned ballot access in 12 states, and brings the number of parties cleared for California’s ballot to seven.