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Americans Elect gains presidential ballot access


Americans Elect has obtained ballot access in Hawaii for the 2012 presidential campaign, drawing Americans Elect one step closer to securing ballot access in all 50 states.

Americans Elect collected more than 1,400 signatures in Hawaii, surpassing the state’s requirement of 691 signatures. Voters in Hawaii now have an opportunity to bypass the constraints of the two-party system and put a candidate of their choice on the ballot in 2012.

“Removing the barrier to ballot access is one of the key factors in offering more choice in the 2012 election,” said Elliot Ackerman, Americans Elect’s Chief Operating Officer. “Now that the voters in Hawaii have signed our petition and we’ve obtained certification, Hawaiians will have the chance to vote for a unity ticket in November. It is clear Hawaiians aren’t willing to settle for just two choices this November, but are ready to open up the system in an unprecedented way by fundamentally reforming the nomination process.”

Ballot access gives Hawaiians the opportunity to participate in the first-ever national online primary this June at to nominate a unity presidential ticket that will be on Hawaii’s general election ballot this November. Any registered voter can go online to sign up and become a delegate.

From there, delegates can debate the issues, develop the Platform of Questions and select a candidate to appear on the ballot in all 50 states in 2012.

Americans Elect has already collected more than 80 percent of the 2.9 million signatures required for national ballot access. To date, there have been more than 2.9 million visitors to the site, 19 million questions answered, more than 400,000 delegates and more than 460,000 Facebook fans.

Hawaii is the 20th state to certify Americans Elect, joining Arizona, Alaska, Nevada, Kansas, Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Arkansas, Utah, Colorado, Mississippi, California, Rhode Island, Vermont, Maine, New Mexico, Wyoming, Nebraska and Montana.

Signature gathering or ballot access activities are underway in Alabama, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, Maryland, North Dakota, Georgia, Idaho, New Hampshire, Iowa, West Virginia and Texas; certification is pending in North Carolina, Wisconsin, Oregon, South Dakota and Oklahoma.

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