Today (Tuesday, 29 November 2011) at 5:30 CST, at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, First Amendment Center founder John Seigenthaler will moderate a panel discussion about a new nominating process in the works that may present voters with a third option in the 2012 presidential election.
From an email sent by panel participants Americans Elect:
Americans Elect is participating in a panel discussion hosted by Vanderbilt University at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29 at The First Amendment Center. The panel will include Americans Elect Chief Operating Officer Elliot Ackerman, Shayne Chair Professor of Public Policy and Social Science Larry Bartels, Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions Josh Clinton, Associate Director of the Latin American Public Opinion Project Liz Zechmeister and Chair of the Vanderbilt Department of Political Science John Geer. The discussion will be moderated by John Seigenthaler, chairman emeritus of The Tennessean and founder of The First Amendment Center. There will be a reception at 6:30 p.m. directly following the forum. The public is invited to the free event.
This forum is part of a series of university campus events in which Americans Elect shares its nationwide effort to open up the political process to all voters to put a third choice on the 2012 presidential ballot in all 50 states – a choice not bound by party politics – via the first-ever direct, online nominating convention in June 2012.
Americans Elect has already been certified in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Nevada, Kansas, Florida Michigan, Ohio and Utah. Signature gathering or ballot access activities are underway in Alabama, Missouri, Georgia, Oregon, Maine, Rhode Island, South Carolina, North Carolina, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Maryland, Oklahoma and Tennessee; certification is pending in California, Colorado and Hawaii.
While not much is known about who’s behind Americans Elect or whom its candidates may be, it is certainly an interesting phenomenon to watch. Is it a Trojan horse spoiler ruse, or a genuine attempt to directly involve more citizens (er, on this side of the digital divide, anyway) in the electoral process? Other?