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Americans Elect Drops November 6 Activation Date from its Briefing Book

As the no-financial-disclosure 501c4 corporation Americans Elect proceeds in its plans to run its own private online election to nominate a presidential candidate in 2012, someone ought to be looking over their shoulder to make sure each i is dotted and each t is crossed. This is about who gets to to hold the single most powerful position on the planet, after all.

In that spirit, I’d like to note that Americans Elect has quietly uploaded a revised version of its Briefing Book for candidates and committees that want to draft candidates. The first version of the Briefing Book was posted on October 6, 2011, but it has since been removed from the Americans Elect website. In its place, a second version of the Briefing Book was posted to public view on October 18.

Most of the differences between the two documents are cosmetic: Americans Elect has added in its standard stock photographs of smiling multicultural Americans with flags, and has tossed in some graphic icons as well. But there are a few non-cosmetic changes too.

One of the changes between the drafts of the Briefing Books has been to drop the date of November 6, 2011 as a promised activation date after which candidates and draft efforts may officially register with Americans Elect and begin their campaigns.

Briefing Book, October 6 version:

THE NOMINATION PROCESS
Any registered voter may become an Americans Elect Delegate by signing up at www.AmericansElect.org.

Any person constitutionally and professionally qualified to serve as President may seek the Americans Elect nomination as long as he or she agrees to reach across the political space and pick a running mate from another party.

As of November 6, 2011 (exactly one year before the 2012 election), candidates may formally file on the website and the Delegates may start draft efforts for any leaders they think should run.

Millions of Americans Elect Delegates will vote in a series of online ballots to be held during the spring and summer of 2012.

Briefing Book, October 18 version:

THE NOMINATION PROCESS
Any registered voter may become an Americans Elect Delegate by signing up at www.AmericansElect.org.

Any person constitutionally and professionally qualified to serve as President may seek the Americans Elect nomination as long as he or she agrees to reach across the political space and pick a running mate from another party.

Candidates may formally file on the website and the Delegates may start draft efforts for any leaders they think should run.

Millions of Americans Elect Delegates will vote in a series of online ballots to be held during the spring and summer of 2012.

It’s unclear whether this change reflects a delay in Americans Elect’s schedule to roll out its candidate and draft campaign capabilities, or an intention by Americans Elect to introduce such capabilities earlier than previously scheduled.

Time will tell. Watch the space at Americans Elect Official Documents for further developments.

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