Americans Elect Rules 2.2.2 and 3.2.2 stipulate that any draft or declared presidential candidate wishing to qualify for any of its three rounds of presidential primary voting must obtain sufficient clicks of support on its website 7 days before a round of voting occurs. The sufficient amount varies according to who you are. If you’re a political insider, you need to obtain 1,000 clicks of support in each of 10 states. If you’re a political outsider, you need to obtain 5,000 clicks of support in each of 10 states.
The first round of voting was on May 8, which meant that to appear on the first round ballot, candidates had to get enough clicks of support by May 1. No candidate got enough support, so the first round of presidential primary voting was cancelled.
The second round of voting is on May 15, although Americans Elect is forgetting all about last week’s dustup and is now calling its second round its first. In order to appear on the second round ballot, candidates must get enough support clicks before May 8. There are less than four days left for that to happen, and not one draft or declared candidate has won even half the number of clicks of support needed to get on the ballot.
The top declared candidate, Buddy Roemer, has been hitting national TV since last November to promote his Americans Elect candidacy. To qualify, Roemer’s supposed to nab 10,000 supporters across his top 10 states. As of this morning, Roemer only has 2,243 votes in his top 10 states. Ron Paul, the top draft candidate, is doing a little better with 4,595 votes. But even that level of support doesn’t take Paul across the halfway mark.
While Americans Elect has been getting national coverage over and over again for centrist presidential efforts that can’t attract more than 5,000 qualifying votes, the New York Times won’t cover an actual grassroots protest that puts 10,000 people in the street.
The most people can do is to mock that skewed coverage. When Politico inexplicably talks up the deeply unpopular draft presidential candidacy of David Walker again and again and again and again and again, and when David Walker tries to use that that coverage to advance his boss’ Social Security privatization plan, AE Transparency hits the right note:
400 supporters may make you a presidential celebrity in the DC Beltway if you’ve got the right name. 10,000 people marching in the street may get ignored in the papers if they’ve got the wrong name. The only way to fight this trend is to keep pointing it out.