Americans Elect 2012

A true democratic nominating process in action
WASHINGTON, D.C., DECEMBER 21, 2011 - Responding to the feedback of thousands of its delegates, Americans Elect, a non-partisan nominating process for the 2012 presidential campaign, today posted changes to the draft rules governing its nominating process at

“This is in keeping with our intention to open the process up so that the American people can participate more directly in the nomination of their president,” said Elliot Ackerman, Chief Operating Officer of Americans Elect.
Americans Elect first posted draft rules to its website on October 6, 2011. The changes to these draft rules were adopted on December 19, 2011.
Specifically, the changes to the rules include:

•       Automatically and contingently qualified candidates will now both have until
         4/3/12 to collect support clicks from delegates in order to be listed on the
         primary ballot;

•       Contingently qualified candidates will now need 50,000 support clicks rather
         than 100,000 support clicks to be considered for the primary ballots;

•       A simple majority vote by all delegates, rather than a 2/3 vote, to reverse board
         or committee decisions.

•       Extension of time to reverse board or committee decisions, from 24 hours to 7
“The delegates at Americans Elect have voiced their opinions concerning the candidate drafting rules, and these changes have been formally adopted, demonstrating that ours is a process driven by the delegates,” said Tom Sansonetti, co-chairman of the Rules Committee at Americans Elect. “This is a time in our nation when we must return to the original ideals this country was founded on – a country, of the people, by the people and for the people. Americans Elect strives to uphold these ideals in order to restore to the American people what they deserve, namely a political process of the people by the people and for the people.”
By achieving ballot access in all 50 states and hosting America’s first-ever online convention, Americans Elect is creating a pathway for our country’s best leaders to compete for the opportunity to run for president, with the broad-based support of the American people.

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