Online presidential effort adds Colorado to 2012 list

Move over Libertarians. Make way American Constitution Party. There’s a new minor party in town.

The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office said Tuesday that an online presidential nominating effort known as Americans Elect has been declared a minor party in the state.

The group turned in petitions earlier this month with nearly 18,000 names to get the minor-party designation. It only needed 10,000 to qualify.

The Americans Elect effort is designed to allow all registered voters in the nation to choose a presidential candidate based not on party affiliation or political prowess, but on character and a stance on the actual issues, said Dagny Leonard, spokeswoman for the group.

Colorado is the 11th state where the organization’s nominee, whomever that will be, has been certified to appear on next year’s general election ballot.

“Getting on the ballot in Colorado gets us closer to giving everyone a viable third option for president,” said Anna Moore, an Americans Elect delegate from Colorado Springs.

The effort would work much like a traditional political party, except that choosing a nominee will be entirely done online. Candidates can “campaign” however they like, but registered delegates — any registered voter in the nation can become one — will cast an online vote for a candidate in June.

That would allow each state’s election officials to get an Americans Elect candidate’s name on the fall ballot, Leonard said.

She said that group is “on track” to get similar minor-party status in all 50 states by then. Other states that already have approved the status include Utah, Arizona, Kansas, Florida and Ohio.


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