Americans Elect, the 501c4 corporation seeking to arrange the nomination of its own presidential candidates through a private process in 2012, has posted its draft rules (“pending public comment and rules committee adoption”) and candidate handbook.
One highlight from the draft rules:
1.2 Acceptance of Delegate Pledge. Any Delegate shall submit via the Americans Elect website, www.americanselect.org (“Website”) their acceptance of the Delegate Pledge substantially in the form attached in Table 1 below and shall conduct themselves in accordance with the requirements of the Delegate Pledge to remain eligible to vote as a Delegate.
Table 1. Delegate Pledge
Americans Elect Delegate Pldege
As an Americans Elect Delegate, I pledge to:
- Support the Mission of Americans Elect, which seeks to nominate a Presidential ticket that will campaign and govern with no regard for party affiliation in order to build the coalitions necessary to solve the challenges that face our Nation;
- Adhere to the official Rules of the Americans Elect nominating process; and
- Conduct myself with respect for opposing views in the same manner I demand of the candidates of the Americans Elect nomination to find the common ground necessary to solve the challenges that face our Nation.
1.5 Disqualification of Delegates. Any Delegates may be disqualified from voting and participation in Americans Elect for violation of the Delegate Pledge as provided by these Rules as follows:
1.5.1. Petition of Delegates or Board. Upon petition on the Website of 1,000 or more Delegates by flagging any Delegate for violation of the Delegate Pledge, or upon its own motion, the Board may disqualify any person as a Delegate with or without notice.
What are your reactions to the Draft Rules and Handbook?