Americans Elect is a section 501c4 corporation with a purpose of arranging the nomination and election of its own candidates for President and Vice President of the United States in 2012. In a positive step, Americans Elect has written out its bylaws. Unfortunately, Americans Elect has not shared these bylaws with the public on its website. Fortunately, thanks to requirements of the states of Florida and Nevada the Americans Elect bylaws have been posted with their Secretaries of State. Unfortunately, these bylaws are presented in optical pdf format, which is difficult to read, search and index by interested citizens. Fortunately, Irregular Times has made a searchable text copy of the latest Americans Elect bylaws available for public use.
If you are considering becoming involved with Americans Elect by sending money, signing a petition, signing up to be a delegate or taking a job, I encourage you to educate yourself by reading the bylaws and thinking carefully about what you read. If you have questions about the bylaws, ask questions of Americans Elect leadership — and by all means, share the answers! Time is surprisingly short to the 2012 presidential election season, so the more we can find out now the more actively we can be involved as citizens — as supporters, critics, participants or some combination of the above.