Californians heading to the polls next November could find themselves casting a vote for a presidential candidate picked not by early caucus or primary contests, but on the Web.
Americans Elect, a nonprofit group planning to stage an online nominating convention to select a multi-partisan presidential ticket, has qualified for the California ballot.
The Washington, D.C.-based group spent more than $2 million to collect 1.6 million California voter signatures as part of its national campaign to ensure its eventual presidential ticket is on the ballot in all 50 states next November. The secretary of state confirmed today that at least 1.03 million of the signatures submitted here were valid, making Americans Elect the first new political entity to qualify in California since 1995.
The group, which has now secured ballot access in 12 states, says its goal is to create a nonpartisan process to allow voters of all political leanings to choose an alternative presidential ticket. The Americans Elect presidential and vice-presidential nominees, which must come from different political parties, are set to be selected next June, in the country's first online, national nominating convention.
The addition of Americans Elect brings the number of parties cleared for California's ballot to seven. In all, 18 political groups have made the cut since the nominating process began in 1910.