After a troubled first attempt Americans Elect to get more candidates on ballot. Ballot access is now a major issue as third parties fight for recognition. Election expert Richard Winger’s website, Ballot Access News, recently posted the following in regards to the organization Americans Elect and their plans for the future. Take a look:
Recent Americans Elect statements seem to hint that the organization will exist in the future. The Mission Report, which came out a few months ago, says on page 15, “Americans Elect obtained ballot certification in 29 states representing 275 electoral votes, and, until the Board of Directors suspended the nominating process, was on track to achieve ballot access in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Navigating the myriad ballot access laws in each state gives us great confidence in being able to execute again in subsequent election cycles.” Although the Mission Report is titled “Summary of Operations March 2, 2010 – May 17, 2012″ the report includes letters from the leadership dated August 20, 2012. Also, the Americans Elect web page says at the bottom, “See you in 2013! We look forward to bringing greater choice and innovation to federal, state and local elections to come.”
Americans Elect is on the ballot in 2014 in twelve states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Mississippi, New Mexico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wisconsin. Its status in Ohio is ambiguous. The Arizona Americans Elect members who organized and who ran two candidates for Congress still have their web page up, although these activists and their Arizona web page are not recognized by the national Americans Elect leadership. Thanks to Jim Cook for the Mission Report link.