February 2, 2012: California publicly releases its statistics regarding political party registrations as of January 3 2012. The “not a political party” Americans Elect, registered as a political party in the state of California, now has 3,165 officially registered Americans Elect political party members.
And here’s the darndest thing. Check out the political party registrations for the Americans Elect party in California, organized by county:
Los Angeles County has a lot of people, but so do the other counties of California. I mean, heck, there’s zero Americans Elect party registrants in 45 counties, including the county where San Francisco, CA lies. Nothing in Sacramento. Nothing in Fresno, but a whole lot of something in Los Angeles County.
This is odd, considering that there are only 35 people signed up for the Americans Elect Los Angeles meetup 3 of those members are actually Americans Elect staffers, and 14 of the people who’ve signed up signed up after the above party statistics were collected. There have been only 2 posts to the Los Angeles Americans Elect meetup page this year. The Americans Elect Southwest Political Director came to town and tried to hold a meet-and-greet yesterday, but according to records only 7 people showed up. Groups where 7 people show up every couple of months don’t usually manage to sign up 2,857 new political party members.
If this reflects real grassroots political activity, why isn’t that reflected in the means Americans Elect created for people who wanted to participate in LA, and what organization is involved instead? If these party registrations aren’t the result of grassroots activity, what produced them? Paid petition circulators? If so, why almost exclusively in Los Angeles? Can anyone make sense of this whoppingly lopsided pattern of party registration for Americans Elect?