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Americans Elect to seek ballot access in Tennessee

The group that is seeking to offer a third, nonpartisan/bipartisan choice in all 50 states for the 2012 presidential election will file its petition tomorrow to be listed on Tennessee ballots. A partial press release follows:

On Thursday morning, Americans Elect Tennessee delegate volunteers Ronn Huff and Chris Farrar will file the Americans Elect petition with the Tennessee Elections Division for a line on the ballot for the 2012 presidential election. Americans Elect collected the signatures of 72,662 voters in Tennessee – far surpassing the state requirement of 40,039 – in support of more choice on the ballot this November.

Volunteers Huff and Farrar, a Democrat and Republican, respectively, are enthusiastic that a fundamental change to the nominating system will open up the political process in Tennessee and across the country, giving voters the chance to elect leaders who represent people, not parties.

Whom will Americans Elect?

Sean Braisted attended the forum at Vanderbilt on Tuesday, and subsequently wrote a thorough, insightful post about Americans Elect and how its strategy could play out.

I had sensed a common thread with the Unity08 movement, but was unaware of (or, more likely, had forgotten about) the literal connection between that group and the Draft Bloomberg movement until I read Braisted’s piece. Bloomberg is often brought up as a potential Americans Elect candidate; and some say he is making noises about mounting an independent campaign even while he claims to enjoy the mayorship of New York.

To date, and this is really recent, I know of only one candidate who has declared in this nominating process. Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer tonight announced that he is officially seeking the Americans Elect nomination, although he is continuing his long-odds bid for the GOP nomination at least through the New Hampshire “first in the nation” primary.

(Personal note: Roemer has a great-looking website, and the photo slideshow includes a shot of him on the set of The Colbert Report. Win.)

Seigenthaler to moderate forum on presidential nominating process

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?