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Under Law, Americans Elect Must Post Notice of All Meetings on its Website. When will it?

In 2012, Americans Elect is planning to be the first 501c4 corporation to run its own candidate for President of the United States.

Americans Elect is also a registered political party in multiple states. When Americans Elect sought and obtained registration as a minor political party in the state of Florida, it subjected itself to the terms and conditions of Florida state law regarding minor political parties. Florida state officials have notified Americans Elect of relevant provisions of state law by letter. Under the terms of Florida State Law, Americans Elect must “timely notify its members as to the time, date, and place of all of its meetings; timely publish notice on its public and functioning website as to the time, date, and place of all of its meetings.”

As of today there is no notice, timely or otherwise, of any of Americans Elect’s meetings on its website. Compliance with legal standards is a central requirement in running a successful election, as Americans Elect plans to do. When will Americans Elect comply with this legal standard?

I have posted this question to the Americans Elect question and answer service, along with my other questions posed to Americans Elect, which to date have not been answered. If I receive any answer, I will post it here in the comments section. If you do not see an answer by Americans Elect in the comments section, that means no answer has been given.

This article is one of a series of reports on Americans Elect written for Irregular Times. Read our summation regarding Americans Elect on the Americans Elect Watch web page.

6 thoughts on “Under Law, Americans Elect Must Post Notice of All Meetings on its Website. When will it?”

  1. Richard Winger says:

    In Florida, all ballot-qualified parties nominate all their candidates for Congress, for partisan state office, and for partisan county office, by primary. There is no such thing in Florida for a ballot-qualified party to nominate by party meeting. Therefore, I believe it is unjust and bad policy for any Florida law to mandate that parties must notify all their members of any party meetings. The Independent Party of Florida has 262,116 registered members. How is the Independent Party of Florida supposed to communicate with all these people? There is no list of e-mail addresses for these voters, and using postal mail would cost a fortunre.

    Florida has a tradition of extreme hostility to minor parties. The state formerly forced all qualified parties to most a huge bond. The Socialist Workers Party, and the Green Party, jointly sued Florida over this, because those parties couldn’t afford it. The parties won the case after years of struggle. A few years before that, Florida forced minor parties and independent candidates to pay the state for checking their ballot access petitions. And, before 1998, Florida required all minor party and independent candidates for office other than president to submit a petition of 3% of the registered voters, which was so onerous, no independent candidate for statewide office ever complied with the law, and the only minor party that ever did so was George Wallace’s American Party.

    Further showing Florida’s hostility, this year the legislature passed a bill requiring new minor parties that are ballot-qualified to submit 112,000 signatures on a petition, or they can’t list their presidential candidate. I hope you will realize that just because the Florida legislature passes a law, that doesn’t mean it is a just, constitutional, or wise law.

  2. Richard Winger says:

    The Florida law is unjust. First, party meetings don’t choose nominees in Florida anyway; that is done by primary. Second, it would be extremely costly for a party to communicate with all its registered members. The Independent Party of Florida has 262,000 registered members, and the state doesn’t provide e-mail addresses of party members to those parties. How is a minor party supposed to pay for all those meeting notices? If individuals are interested in their own party, they ought to take the initiative to find out about meetings of party officers.

  3. lynette says:

    I heard about Americans Elect on Stephen Colbert last night, and checked out the website. Sounded great. Answered the questions, stepped right up. I’d love ~ LOVE ~ to have a legitimate 3d party candidate, one actually chosen by people based on the issues that are important to actual ordinary citizens. Then I did a little more internet sleuthing and found you. Why is s/he being so nitpicky? I was a little annoyed. And then I went back to the Americans Elect website and started watching the videos. It’s those same clowns from Unity08, don’t you think? Frankly, I am sick to death of bipartisanship. It’s killing us. I want a left side leader who can pull us out of this right wing created disaster. Okay. That’s all.

  4. Richard Winger says:

    The Florida law is unjust in the extreme. The Independent Party of Florida has 262,000 registered voters. How is the Independent Party of Florida supposed to notify all its registered members of a meeting of party officers? The state doesn’t tell the party the e-mail addresses of all those voters; it only tells the party the postal addresses. And party meetings in Florida don’t nominate candidate anyway. The law is a device for the government to wipe out parties. If a party member wants to know about meetings of the party officers, the party member ought to take the initiative to find out about the meeting. The law could, of course, require that party web pages post the information on a party web site.

    1. Jim Cook says:

      Thanks for writing in. By my reading of the state law, that’s exactly what is required — a posting of the information on a party web site. That’s easy and cheap.

  5. Bob says:

    Clowns is a very good word. Yep, you’re right, same people. Clowns.

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