Ballot Access News reports on Americans Elect petition drives going on in Wyoming, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Montana, South Carolina, and as we previously noted, Rhode Island, Maine, Tennessee, Georgia, Oregon, Colorado, Alabama, and Arkansas (the last one may already be finished; I don’t know whether any of the others are yet).
The Ohio Secretary of State is pondering whether to put Americans Elect on the ballot.
The September 2011 Ballot Access News lists Americans Elect as having already qualified in Alaska and Arizona, finished petitioning in California, Unsettled in Florida (since then settled in favor of Americans Elect), finished petitioning in Hawaii, already on in Kansas and Michigan, finished petitioning in Missouri, already on in Nevada, and above the legal requirement and working on padding in Utah (in a telephone conversation, Richard Winger says he believes they have since then finished Utah). Idaho is shown with an asterisk, which usually means either that petitioning has started but no signatures have been reported yet, or that the legal period for collecting signatures has started but the drive itself hasn’t.
It is possible that Americans Elect could pass the Green and Constitution parties in number of states with ballot access for 2012 by the end of 2011.
Voters can now register to vote as Americans Elect in Kansas and will soon have that option in California and Nevada.
Ballot Access News also reports that
Americans Elect does not wish to participate in any government-sponsored presidential primaries, because it has its own national on-line presidential primary. However, chances are it would be eligible for government presidential primaries in Arizona, California, Delaware, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Utah, and possibly a few other states, if it wished.
Americans Elect’s webpage regularly updates the number of signatures that have been collected on ballot access petitions. The current total, posted early this week, is 1,844,938, which is higher by 15,674 signatures than the total posted two weeks ago.
By mid-October of 1995, the Reform Party had only begun ballot access petitioning or registration activity in California, so Americans Elect is ahead of the Reform Party, for this point in the cycle. However, the Reform Party had the advantage that it would soon be recognized in Minnesota, New York, Oregon, and Virginia, without having to petition, based on already-qualified state parties in those four states that were about to affiliate with the national Reform Party.
The same article notes that Americans Elect submitted 1,621,627 signatures in California.
Meanwhile, at Irregular Times:
It’s unclear whether this change reflects a delay in Americans Elect’s schedule to roll out its candidate and draft campaign capabilities, or an intention by Americans Elect to introduce such capabilities earlier than previously scheduled.
Americans Elect’s “leaders” include:
Chairman Peter Ackerman, Founder and Managing Partner, Rockport Capital
Jacqueline Adams, Senior Counselor, Burson-Marteller corporate public relations
David Albertson, agribusiness, venture capital and real estate investment
Gerald W. Blakeley Jr., President, Blakeley Investment Company
Arturo Brillembourg, President, Farmington Asset Management hedge fund
Hilda Ochoa Brillembourg, President and CEO, Strategic Investment Group hedge fund and private equity group
John H. Burbank III, Founder, Managing Member and Chief Investment Officer of Passport Capital hedge fund
W. Bowman Cutter, Senior Fellow and Director of Economic Policy Initiative, Roosevelt Institute and Managing Director, The Cedars Capital Partners
Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, CEO, E.L. Rothschild private investment firm
Les Francis, Principal/Senior Advisor, Washington Media Group corporate public relations firm
Carla Hills, Chairman & CEO, Hills & Company corporate advocacy firm on international trade
Roderick M. Hills, Principal, Hills & Company corporate advocacy firm on international trade and Partner, Hills, Stern & Morley, LLP private equity and investment law firm
Philip K. Howard, Partner, Covington & Burling corporate law firm, specializing in mergers and acquisitions
Dale E. Jones, Vice Chairman, Heidrick & Struggles executive search and corporate consulting firm
W. David Lawson IV, Managing Director, JP Morgan Chase & Co. Investment Bank
Lee Lowenstein, Managing Director, Lionstone Capital Management firm for private wealth investment
Rafael Mayer, Managing Partner, Khronos LLC hedge fund management firm
Mark McKinnon, Global Vice Chair, Hill and Knowlton Public Relations corporation
Morton H. Meyerson, Chairman, Alsbridge outsourcing corporation
Nancy E. Roman, President, G7 Group corporate political analysis firm
Kirk T. Rostron, Managing Partner, The Mount Vernon Group private investment firm