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Do We Need A Constitutional Right To Vote?

The Constitution prohibits the government from preventing people from voting on the basis of race or gender. Poll taxes that prevent poor people from voting are also unconstitutional. A constitutional amendment has established that the age at which people may vote is 18. However, there is no place in the Constitution that states that “all […]

My Vote On The Lays Potato Chip Promotion On Facebook

The reality of Facebook’s business model is that it profits by targeting dim-witted advertisers who are willing to pay exorbitant rates because they actually believe the hype about the state of social media marketing. […]

Fantasy Congressional Legislation

Vote tallies matter, but understanding the reasons that legislative votes tally the way they do is also important for citizens who care about what their government does. […]

The 72 Post-Cancellation Tweets about Americans Elect

Since the morning of May 1, when Americans Elect was forced to cancel its first primary vote due to a very low participation rate, there have been just 72 posts on Twitter (“tweets”) using the hashtag #AmericansElect. Here’s a breakdown of the tweets by subject matter:

37 tweets: The cancellation of Americans Elect’s first primary […]

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. […]

More Americans Elect Vogon Democracy: to Reverse our Policies, Just Contact and Convince 10,000 Delegates We’ve Hidden From You and Who May Not Exist. You Have 48 Hours.

Is this what Democracy looks like?

Here’s an e-mail Americans Elect Policy Director Brian Findlay sent me late last night after I followed AE rules and formally moved to reverse its decision to allow as few as 5 people to fully fund Americans Elect:

From: Brian Findlay Sent: Wednesday, March 07, 2012 10:18 PM To: […]

Fictional Character Leaps Past Buddy Roemer in Low-Turnout Americans Elect Candidate Qualification Vote

“Let it be recorded that at 3:05 p.m. ET on February 16, mock conservative commentator Stephen Colbert passed Buddy Roemer, the former congressman, governor of Louisiana and bona fide presidential candidate, as the sixth most popular ‘draft candidate’ of Americans Elect.” — Jonathan Tilove, New Orleans Times-Picayune

It’s bad news for a politician when he […]

Our Made In The USA Skull Voting Tshirt

The skull is to represent what will happen to democracy if you don’t vote this year.Voting is the quintessential American ritual. So, we thought it was especially important that this tshirt is made in the USA. […]

Update: Special Status for Bomb Threat Presidential Candidate Revoked by Americans Elect

Yesterday, Americans Elect announced that its presidential contender Craig Ennis (he of the bomb threats) “has a similar level of experience as past presidents, he or she needs at least 1,000 supporters in each of 10 different states to qualify.” Ennis’ presidential campaign page on Americans Elect looked like this:

A review of the […]

Americans Elect Director Christine Todd Whitman promotes Jon Huntsman, in Direct Violation of Bylaws

News Item: Christine Todd Whitman Joins the Board of Directors of Americans Elect — November 2011.

News Item:

Former New Jersey Gov. Christie Todd Whitman, who is leading a group to draft a third-party presidential candidate, is encouraging Jon Huntsman to make an independent bid for the White House.

“I would hope he would do […]

Americans Elect Voting System Still Broken with

Americans Elect is a corporation that wants to run its very own national online vote to nominate a president in less than five months. Is the Americans Elect online voting system ready to perform as any voting system must? Is it secure? Is it safe? Is it verifiable? Does the voting technology actually register votes?

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