A tip of the pen to David Weigel for pointing us to the decision of the Michigan Secretary of State to approve an application by Americans Elect with a plan to collect signatures to place it as a political party on the 2012 ballot in the state. This would allow Americans Elect to proceed with its plan to arrange the election of its own candidates for President and Vice President of the United States.
MIRS News (subscription required to view article) reports on a conversation with Michigan Board of State Canvassers Chair Christopher Thomas, mislabeling the group the “American Elect Party”:
The board also approved the form of petitions to have a new political party, the american elect party, be included on Michigan’s ballots. Only 32,261 signatures would have to be submitted by July, 2012 to place the party on the ballots. in response to a question about the American Elect Party, Thomas informed the Board that he believed it was the New York City Mayor Michael BLOOMBERG party. “He’s denied it, but that’s what has been reported in the press,” Thomas said.
A visit to the Michigan Board of State Canvassers confirms the meeting happened on December 17, 2010. I’ll do my best to get a transcript, copy of that petition form or other report on results of the meeting and share that with you.