Americans are tired of politics, it’s one party or the other, with few distinguishable differences besides the fringe politicians. There is a new political campaign trying to change the race for presidency in 2012. This group’s goal is to give the power back to the people, and elect a candidate chosen by the populace not based solely on their party; this group is named Americans Elect.
Americans Elect has already begun canvassing for support in Oregon, and they only need 21,804 signatures from voters to get themselves on the ballot according to BlueOregon.com.
Their intention is to use the internet to have users decide on a candidate and running mate. They’ve already secured the ballot in Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Kansas, Michigan, Nevada, and California, and raised almost $30 million to get on the ballot in all 50 states.
Americans Elect is essentially run by wealthy folks already involved in politics such as Peter Ackerman, the leader of Rockport Capital, a wealth management firm, says OurOregon.org. This may seem suspect to some, but the organization is a registered nonprofit 501(c)(4). Their main goal is to collect enough contributions to make it through the rigid process of getting on the ballot, which can cost over half what they’re already raised.
This group brings up an interesting question; is the political process broken? Many say yes, and for obvious reason. For the past century our country has carried on with a system of switching back and forth between the Democratic and Republican Party in a definable pattern, hoping for change.
Americans Elect claims there will be no change without the citizens making it happen, which seems logical, assuming the public will set aside their political apathy to advocate progress. The problem with politics is there’s always enough talk, yet almost never enough action. For Americans Elect to be successful it will have to overcome that hurdle.
The Obama Campaign in 2008 found success in inspiring the politically disenfranchised to secure the election, and it’s clear in 2012 it will require the same persistence and support for Americans Elect to find success.
Unfortunately, it is unlikely our country will find itself capable of breaking free of the partisan politics we’ve become so accustomed to this quickly. Americans Elect may carve a path to splitting the ballot more evenly than in the past, but it is quite unlikely they will elect their candidate. If changing the distribution is realized, then the outcome will be decided by which established party received the plurality of what’s left of the votes.
“We’re not a third party. We’re a second nominating process trying to create a ticket that is solutions-based, that will force the conversation to the center rather than keeping it at the extremes of either party,” Lleana Wachtel told CNN.