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With 2 Days Left, No Americans Elect Candidate even Halfway to Qualifying

As AE Transparency notes, Americans Elect Rules 2.2.2 and 3.2.2 specify that to qualify for any of its three rounds of presidential primary voting, draft candidates and declared candidates alike must obtain enough clicks of support by seven days before the vote occurs. The first round of voting is on May 8, which means that to appear on the first round ballot, candidates must get enough support clicks by May 1. That’s the day after tomorrow.

After months of time and many major mentions in news outlets, not one draft or declared candidate has won even half the “support” needed to qualify for the Americans Elect ballot.

10 thoughts on “With 2 Days Left, No Americans Elect Candidate even Halfway to Qualifying”

  1. Joshua says:

    Since AE voting days run from midnight to midnight (see Rule 5.5), the effective deadline is April 30 at 11:59:59 p.m.

    That said, there will be two more opportunities for primary ballots, on May 15 and May 22, for which the respective deadlines will be May 7 and May 14 at 11:59:59 p.m., respectively. But nobody is going to qualify in time for those ballots, either.

    I wonder if AE will put out an announcement (even on the low-profile Board Decisions page) on May 1, saying something like, “The Candidate Certification Committee determined today that no candidate had qualified for the first primary ballot on May 8, and so that ballot will not be held. The committee will meet again next week to determine whether any candidates have qualified for the second primary ballot scheduled for May 15.” That would be embarrassing to AE, but at least it would be consistent with the rules.

    1. Jim Cook says:

      Hi, Joshua.

      I have heard a rumor, unsubstantiated, that something “interesting” will happen on May 15. This could refer to many things — surely something interesting somewhere, somehow will happen on 5/15. At least we should all keep our eyes peeled (ouch).

      1. t ball says:

        Jim, have you run that rumor by Linda Newkirk?

        1. Jim Cook says:


          You know, it’s strange that you mention that. I did run it by Newkirk, and she told me to tell you that on May 15 the Americans Elect headquarters is going to be subject to an invasion by unicorns with Morgellon’s syndrome.

  2. John Lumea says:

    Obviously, you and AE Transparency haven’t been paying attention to the Draft Walker campaign.

    That rocketship’s goin’ to the moon, yessir!

  3. Charles Manning (manning120) says:

    It’s frustrating. AE refused to let me vote for Rocky Anderson. AE is clearly fraudulent and probably illegal. Evidently it’s intended to be a diversion to sap the resources of candidates like Anderson. Why haven’t we heard of lawsuits against AE?
    By the way, David Walker appeared on ABC’s This Week today (4/29/12). He proposed that the distinction between capital gains and ordinary income tax be abolished, and that the overall tax rates be reduced.

    1. John Lumea says:

      Yes, and what did anybody hear from Draft Walker about this appearance? Crickets.

      When I pointed out this communications gap on Twitter, the committee’s social media guru griped:

      >blockquote>We’re all volunteers, with lives and jobs. Seriously, enough with the childishness.

      But — seriously — how much effort and time does it take to (1) notice that your candidate is going to appear on one of the most-watched political shows of the week (Stephanopoulos — a special panel on the economy and jobs, with Paul Krugman, Eric Schmidt, Carly Fiorina and George Will); (2) draft a 2-line post about it; and (3) Twiitter and Facebook the hell out of that post (copy, paste, send; copy, paste send — 10 seconds each) — especially when your candidate tweeted news of the appearance 6 times starting on Wednesday.

    2. Benjamin Barber says:

      please clarify by “refused to let you vote”, do you mean they couldn’t verify your tangible existence, or that they somehow knew you would vote for anderson and thrwarted you. Roemers clan has had similar complaints about the identifying process sucking, and I suppose that part is unbiased across candidates. Unless you think its preferable to allow me to write a script to say

      this_email = generate_email(Rand().’@’.Rand().’’)
      account = signupAE(this_email)
      vote(account, ‘rocky anderson’)

  4. AE Transparency says:

    First-round voting officially ended at midnight last night. As I write it is 8 AM ET the next morning, and AE hasn’t even commented on this fact. It’s as if the lights are on but nobody’s home in AECorp’s DC penthouse.

    Is Peter Ackerman now kicked back on a sunny beach somewhere sipping mai tais, or what?

  5. Ralph says:

    Yep, just a banner saying the first round of caucuses begins in 6 days. No indication that nobody at all has qualified for it, whether it will be cancelled, whether it will continue with nobody in it…

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