Americans Elect: If We Can’t Have Ballot Access, You Can’t Either
When Americans Elect paid signature gatherers to obtain a line on the 2012 ballot in state after state, it told us that its actions weren’t selfish. No, Americans Elect said, it was taking action on behalf of the American people, to give us all “more choices on the ballot in November”:
But now that Americans Elect has failed to attract enough support to mount its own presidential bid, the 501(c)(4) corporation has turned around and started to act as an anti-ballot-access organization, denying Americans another choice on the ballot in 2012.
In March of this year, Americans Elect Oklahoma representative David Boren bragged about Americans Elect getting on the ballot and explained that Americans Elect “breaks up the monopoly of the two parties. It opens up the political process.” But in August of this year, as head of the Americans Elect party in Oklahoma, the same David Boren is standing down while the national Americans Elect corporate executive Kahlil Byrd demands that its own ballot access be revoked in the state. Why? Some libertarians won control of the the local Americans Elect party and were planning to use the line to run their favored candidate, Gary Johnson. That kind of opening up of the political process is unacceptable to Americans Elect.
As late as August 11 2012, the Secretary of State of Nevada had listed Americans Elect as one of its ballot-qualified political parties:
But as of today, Americans Elect has successfully acted to remove its own ballot line in Nevada, getting its own party status revoked:
In Florida, Americans Elect has threatened to sue anyone who uses the Americans Elect party line to run a candidate for office.
It appears that for Americans Elect, adding choice to the ballot was only acceptable if national headquarters was in control of the choice.