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You Choose? Americans Elect Changes its Tune, Buying Angus King for Senate Ads without a Vote

When the 501(c)(4) corporation Americans Elect was trying to convince people in 2010, 2011 and 2012 to give it money and participate in its process, it promised that Americans Elect had no hidden agenda, no favored candidates. Americans Elect promised that the people, not its corporate leaders, would choose candidates:

“Your voice matters. You [...]

Americans Elect Says it Has 400,000 Delegates. Fewer than 500 Delegates Tell AE to Continue.

The privatized presidential campaign corporation called Americans Elect has made repeated public claims that it has at least “400,000 delegates” (source | source | source). However, Americans Elect has refused to release a verifiable count of delegates, and there are good reasons to believe that its claim is not true (see here and here). It [...]

Last Americans Elect Gambit: to put Candidates on the Ballot despite Insufficient Support

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 [...]

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 Response to Delegate Reversal Motion #1 (a Refusal to Accept it)

Americans Elect Policy Director Brian Findlay has responded to a copy of the motion to reverse one of its decisions by refusing to accept the motion while vaguely acknowledging that the motion has a point and generally promising to make some unspecified changes some time in the future. Read the details here. [...]

Formal Call for Reversal of Americans Elect Board Of Directors Decision #2, Letting Just 5 People Fund All of Americans Elect

A formal request per Americans Elect Rule 12.2 for Americans Elect to reverse its decision to let just 5 people fully fund an entire privatized corporate presidential nomination system — in secret. Will Americans Elect respond according to its own rules by posting the full statement on its website for delegate support? Watch and see. Will Americans Elect get away with its new system for a Pentarchy? Watch and see. [...]

Formal Call for Reversal of Americans Elect Board Of Directors Decision #1, a Violation of Rules and Bylaws

A formal request per Americans Elect Rule 12.2 for Americans Elect to reverse its decision to forbid delegate rule challenges of unanimous Board of Directors decisions. Will Americans Elect respond according to its own rules? Watch and see. [...]

Americans Elect Invents New Restriction for Delegates that’s Not in its Rules or Bylaws. Time for Delegates to Voice Formal Dissent.

Americans Elect is a 501c4 corporation that doesn’t disclose the sources of its funding, that wants to run the nation’s first-ever privatized online presidential nomination, and that wants to bump aside impartial boards of election to count its own votes. Americans Elect has a set of official rules (most recent version here) and corporate bylaws [...]

9 Days In, No Americans Elect Presidential Candidates are on Pace to Get on the Ballot

In a publicity release sent out on January 17 2012, Americans Elect declared the GOP presidential nomination race to be sadly all wrapped up after Iowa and New Hampshire. Americans in other states wanting to express their presidential choice would have to look to (and donate money to) Americans Elect:

Actually, two different GOP [...]

With Zero Candidates on Target to Qualify for its Ballot, Americans Elect Postpones its Election

On January 31 2012, Americans Elect opened up the qualifying round of voting in the first-ever online, proprietary, corporate-run presidential nomination. Starting that morning, Americans Elect delegates could visit this page to draft possible presidential contenders and cast votes in support of qualifying those draft contenders for the Americans Elect nomination. Under the rules [...]