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Formal Petition for Reversal of Americans Elect Bylaw 5.6

The full text of a petition to reverse Americans Elect Bylaw 5.6, which directly disenfranchises Americans Elect delegates and places ballot access control firmly in the hands of a unanimous corporate-appointed board. [...]

Vogon Democracy, Revised: Americans Elect Violates Rules, Then Fixes the Problem

Update, March 8 2012: More Vogon Democracy…

Update, March 7 2012: Americans Elect has responded, fixing its violation of Rule 12.2…

… by posting an update with a link to the motion:

I am glad to see Americans Elect move into greater compliance with its Rules.

It would be helpful if Americans [...]

Americans Elect Corporation Overrules Vote by Membership to Choose its own Platform of Questions

Americans Elect is the first-ever 501c4 corporation to want to run its very own privatized online election to nominate a presidential candidate. It’s only 100 days until the first ballot. But it has run a preliminary vote already. Did Americans Elect abide by the results? [...]

What Americans Elect is Not Telling Us (8/22/11)

Americans Elect aims to accomplish two firsts in 2012:

1. It aims to be the first 501c4 corporation to elect a President of the United States.

2. It aims to be the first-ever presidential nomination process to ditch verification by local elections boards and instead run a private nominating election held entirely online.

Because the [...]

Americans Elect Makes Plans to Broker the 2012 Presidential Election

Richard Winger and Mark B. identify a revealing section of the Americans Elect corporate bylaws recently posted online by the states of Nevada and Florida. The Americans Elect corporation, which aims to arrange the election of its own candidates for President and Vice President of the United States, imagines a circumstance in which Americans Elect [...]

No Agendas? Really? Americans Elect Bylaws specify 2012 ticket with “Centrist Principles”

Americans Elect, a 501c4 corporation that has refused to share the sources of its funding, is working to arrange the election of its very own presidential and vice presidential candidates in 2012. Americans Elect President and Chairman Peter Ackerman walked away from his 1980s role as assistant to junk bond king Michael Milken with half [...]

By what standards will we judge Americans Elect?

Americans Elect is a Section 527 political corporation that began life earlier this year as the “Unity 12 task force,” a resurrection of the old Unity08 that declared its intention to:

1. Hold an online nomination to 2. Select a ticket for President and Vice President of the United States, 3. One of whom would [...]

National Equality March Called Out on Process. Is Process Critical?

Steve Ault, who helped organize national gay rights marches in 1979 and 1987, has written a thoughtful criticism of the National Equality March, a march on Washington, DC set for October 11, 2009 with demands of equality and non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Did you notice I had to tell you what the [...]

Transcript: Permit Negotiation with the National Park Service for a Political Demonstration at the 2009 Inauguration in Washington, DC

The following is a transcription of a permit negotiation with the National Park Service Capitol Division, a regular part of the process for getting a political demonstration of more than 25 people to be approved by the bureau that controls public access to these federal lands. Recording of the conversation was explicitly agreed to by [...]

McCain Staffers Argue Against Sarah Palin's Fitness to be President

There was a lot of journalistic chatter this past weekend about comments by leaders of the McCain-Palin campaign in which they referred to Sarah Palin as a “rogue” and a “diva,” but most of that talk was focused on the implication of infighting within the Republican presidential campaign. That sort of processual story may be [...]