Section 8.3 of the bylaws of Americans Elect state:
Section 8.3. Convention Votes. Votes to draft or nominate candidates shall be governed by the convention Rules as adopted by the Rules Committee and ratified by the Delegates in accordance with these Bylaws. Where these Bylaws provide for ratification by the Delegates, except on votes regarding nomination or endorsement of a particular candidate, the report of Committee shall be deemed adopted except by negative vote of a majority of all registered Delegates.
It looks like Americans Elect or people associated with it have begun a last-stage gambit to invoke Section 8.3 and change Americans Elect’s Rules in the middle of its ballot access vote, allowing candidates on the ballot even though they have failed to attract the required popular support by a wide margin.
A tip of the hat to Jack Newsham, who has e-mailed me with this screen capture of an advertisement — put out by people with “some money,” as he points out — that directs people to this page where a motion was been put underway just yesterday:
I also requested a list of rules committee members with contact information. I also messaged a copy to Christopher Arterton Facebook profile because he is listed as the co-chair of the rules committee along with Tom Sansonetti.
Each person supporting Americans Elect needs to send a copy of the motion or second the motion. We may need a 1000 people to respond to get the rules commitee to act on this motion.
I would like to make a motion recommendation for consideration of the rules committee of Americans Elect.
I would move that on May 15, 2012 if no candidate qualifies with the necessary 1000 or 5000 delegates in 10 states rule that this rule is suspended and is replaced with the rule that the top six supported candidates listed at AmericansElect.org who also have agreed to abide by the rules and spirit of the Americans Elect process be move immediately to the convention selection process and that the convention process is conducted as 5 rounds of single elimination voting where the lowest vote garner is eliminated until one candidate is selected as the Americans Elect candidate for President.
PS Please send a list of rules committee members with the appropriate contact information for each.
Of the first people signing, I am aware that William Kelleher at least has been part of the Americans Elect public relations “rapid response” team. William Cerf is a named David Walker supporter on draftwalker.com. I don’t know who the other people are.
Will this motion be used to change the rules of the Americans Elect nomination while the ballot access vote counting is already underway? Time will tell. If you’re interested in Americans Elect, keep an eye on this.