Buddy Roemer Won’t Be the Arithmetic President
One of Buddy Roemer’s latest tweets sounds fairly optimistic for a presidential candidate who has been working to get people to vote for him on Americans Elect for three months and who has less than a month to go:
Thing is, Buddy Roemer’s not actually “1/3 of the way there,” because to get on the Americans Elect ballot he doesn’t need to just get 10,000 votes of support. He needs to get 10,000 votes of support by getting at least 1,000 votes in each of 10 states (see the rules). Votes outside those top 10 states don’t count. This is Buddy Roemer’s current level of support from his top 10 states at Americans Elect:
Those top 10 states represent just 1743 votes, and those are the only votes that count toward his ballot access. If you don’t live in California, Texas, New York, Louisiana, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Ohio or Washington, then you really can’t help Buddy Roemer out. Sorry, but that’s just how Americans Elect’s system works. Roemer’s only 1/6 of the way there, not 1/3 of the way there.
Is Roemer on a pace to make it onto the ballot? Let’s compare his vote total now to his vote total at the beginning of this month:
On April Fool’s Day, Buddy Roemer had accumulated 1304 votes in his top 10 states. This month, Roemer’s only gotten 25 votes a day in the 10 states that count. On that pace, Buddy Roemer won’t qualify for the Americans Elect 2012 nomination ballot until March 2013.