Americans Elect the New Nominating Process; Not a New Party
Vincent P. Lacey, Delegate Americans Elect 2012
This article was written for the Yuma Sun in Yuma, Arizona.
Americans Elect is a brand new process that allows all registered voters the opportunity to participate in the political process. It is a nominating process not a new party. It began securing spots on the ballots of the 50 states in 2010.
Why now? Every voter deserves an equal vote in the nominating process. Does your residence determine how much your primary vote counts? Do you or your state have a less than meaningful vote? Are an independent with no say in the primary system? Are you one of the millions who is angry, and disillusioned with the current two-party system? Then perhaps this is your opportunity to make sure that your voice counts.
Another significant element to this coming election is the use of technology. Americans Elect is going to have in place a cost effective process to reach out to millions of voters, a secure online convention, and the ability to verify every voter and accurately count every vote.
Americans Elect does not support or oppose any candidate or draft movement, it is simply providing the infrastructure for a better way of participation. It will be the first direct online nominating convention giving the voters the power to decide the issues, choose the candidates and nominate a third ticket.
The nominating process is unique in that it is open to all registered voters in America. The registered voters may sign up with Americans Elect and become voting delegates regardless of party affiliation. The intent of Americans Elect is to allow the American people a choice that goes beyond the two-party system. The candidate running for president may formally file on the website. A question that is asked is “Could a candidate from a major party candidate also file to be included on the website?” Yes they could. Another option open to the Delegates is the power to draft any constitutionally qualified person.
Another important part of the nominating process issues is the open forum. At the open forum the delegates can discuss their issues and opinions with other delegates. At this moment many topics are being entered and discussed by individual delegates for possible inclusion in the platform questions each candidate will answer. A Platform Committee will put together the Delegates inputs and compare them with the American publics issues and their priorities before codifying the platform of questions.
Americans Elect is a Nominating Process for all of America. It allows for direct participation in all aspects of the election process from becoming a delegate, selecting topics for the Platform Committee and finally having a candidate that represents the American people.
The opportunity to learn about Americans Elect can be found at www.americanselect.org
- Americans Elect 2012 | One Year from Election, Major Parties’ Process Ending as AE’s Begins (stevenspielbergpleasereadthis.com)
- Raymond J. Learsy: ‘Americans Elect’ and Tom Friedman’s Op-ed (huffingtonpost.com)
- Nonpartisan group has Plan B for picking president (seattletimes.nwsource.com)