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Third-party group poised to get on NC ballot

Posted February 26, 2012

 Representatives of American Elect solicited signatures for their effort Sunday in Raleigh.

— A group that plans to mount a third-party presidential campaign is poised to get on the North Carolina ballot.

A spokesman said Americans Elect had accumulated the required signatures to get on the November ballot.

The state could certify the effort in early March.

Policy director Brian Findlay says Americans Elect is on the ballot in 16 states and has submitted required signatures in 11 more, including North Carolina.

Americans Elect is an online effort that expects to have hundreds of thousands of people take part in choosing a candidate in a process that culminates in a virtual convention this June.

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  • soyousay Feb 27, 2012

    It will not take all that long to find out the founding "initial financing" investors. This is something that SC politics has been doing for years - both sides.

  • geosol Feb 27, 2012

    ""I've been a life-long Republican. Over the years I've watched both parties lean far to the left, so far that the center would be deemed right-wing extremist today." I'm not sure what country you live in, but in this one the Republican party has during my lifetime moved so far to the right that the party of Eisenhower is hardly recognizable." - Ken D.
    Indeed! And if Abraham Lincoln, the greatest President in US history, were running for the REPUBLICAN nomination today, he wouldn't stand a chance!! Think about it. Right wing America is a dangerous cancer in the 21st century. Don't be complacent, good people!! Get out and VOTE AGAINST ALL REPUBLICANS IN EVERY RACE!!!!

  • soyousay Feb 27, 2012

    "Americans elect is funded by individual contributions, and intends to pay back the bulk of our initial financing as more delegates join, so that no single individual will have contributed more than $10K." and it get worse, read their terms of service

  • clearwaterman Feb 27, 2012

    We need a better choice. I didn't vote for any of THEM in the last election. Them crooks in Raleigh have got it set up so they can keep out a viable candidate from a third party. All that think it splits votes are dead wrong! Voting is a right everyone has in a free country such as ours-free to vote for whomever we choose. On second thought, we can continue as we have and we all are slaves to the masters in Raleigh!

  • soyousay Feb 27, 2012

    Please don't split the vote ..

    you see, you have neatly summed up your problem and those caught in the siezure activity of the primaries..you are not voting for anything, there is no vision, there is....well..Mittens

  • soyousay Feb 27, 2012

    Over the years I've watched both parties lean far to the left, so far that the center would be deemed right-wing extremist today..

    as a newly minted member of this effort..who is your pick, Attila the Hun, Rudolf Hess, David Duke?

  • Ken D. Feb 27, 2012

    "I've been a life-long Republican. Over the years I've watched both parties lean far to the left, so far that the center would be deemed right-wing extremist today."

    I'm not sure what country you live in, but in this one the Republican party has during my lifetime moved so far to the right that the party of Eisenhower is hardly recognizable.

  • caryboy88 Feb 27, 2012

    Please don't split the vote against B.Hussein Obama.

  • BubbaDuke Feb 27, 2012

    I've been a life-long Republican. Over the years I've watched both parties lean far to the left, so far that the center would be deemed right-wing extremist today. The only difference between the parties now is that the Democrats want the government to control everything and the Republicans want to know how much it will cost? I plan on changing my affiliation to Unaffiliated even though the Democrat who would get my vote for even a dog catcher position hasn't been born yet.

    It may only be symbolic, but the GOP needs to understand that we're tired of voting for the lesser of two evils. We're tired of partisan politics from both sides, and we're tired of the media's attempt to sway our votes. I will not contribute toward any candidate's campaign because our Presidency should not go to the person who can raise the most money; it should go to the best qualified.

    As far as Americans Elect, I suspect it won't be long before they start asking for donations.

  • Follow_The_Money27617 Feb 27, 2012

    This "party" is a waste of time. Until America is much more ready than now to accept a 3rd party, we will continue to elect Rs or Ds. Dr Munger of Duke ran in 2008 as a Libertarian for governor. I like Dr Munger, but cannot imagine him getting along with many DemocRATs at all.

    We need a no BS candidate who has broad appeal. The problem is that the 2 parties now are so separated, that a 3rd party would draw off of one enough to get the opposite party elected. Most are not willing to chance that option.
    cwood3
    February 27, 2012 1:28 p.m.
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    Dr. Munger laughs at the GOP. LOL I know him. Hes not much for Democrats either but you only singled out one side LIKE USUAL. Thats why he is THRID party. He like me understand the two party death trap. You sheep follow along.

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