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Data Dump: Pages 1-9 of the Americans Elect Mission Report

Yesterday, I promised that I’d start making public what the Americans Elect corporation has not made public: its August 2012 Mission Report. Appreciation goes to Americans Elect Board of Advisors member and Harvard Professor David King for sending me a paper copy when asked. It’ll take me a while to scan the whole report in, but eventually I hope to share the whole report with you.

This morning, let’s look at the first 9 pages of the Americans Elect Mission Report. What do you read here? What’s interesting? What’s telling? Post a comment here with your observations, and feel free to download the pdf file and post it to your own website.

3 thoughts on “Data Dump: Pages 1-9 of the Americans Elect Mission Report”

  1. Korky Day says:

    Thanks! I read the pages and was quite impressed with much of it, though most of it I’ve known for years. However, they should not bias the result by saying their nominees should be “centrist”. How do they define that? Besides, what if people are fed up with the “center” and want something a bit novel? It should be set up to nominate the most popular candidate they can get, rather than have their high bar to jump. Better to put Ron Paul and/or Buddy Roemer and/or Jill Stein, etc. on the ballot in every state to show that it can be done and create momentum. Instead they stalled, dropped the ball, and seem to be trying to rig it so that someone they prefer gets the nod next time.

    1. Jim Cook says:


      Thanks for writing. I agree with you that one of the most interesting features of Americans Elect has been the contradiction between their profession that they want to let the people choose and their insistence that the people’s choice needs to be a “centrist.”

      1. Korky Day says:

        Yes, for instance, how about Green-Libertarian ticket? I think the voters are game enough to try that. Or even Dennis Kucinich (D) and Ron Paul (R) for the so-called extremes within the Duopoly. Not “centrists” at all. The alleged centrists are Obama and Romney, so why do we need Americans Elect if they want centrists?

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