Americans Elect has obtained ballot access in Mississippi for the 2012 presidential campaign, a move that will open up the political nomination process to voters in unprecedented ways. Voters in Mississippi now have an opportunity to participate in an alternative to the two-party system and put a candidate of their choice on the ballot in 2012.
“As a native Mississippian, I am proud my home state is one of the first states to certify Americans Elect to the November 2012 ballot,” said Alice Skelton, Americans Elect’s National Engagement Director, who is based in Jackson, Miss. “Quite frankly, Mississippi voters are exasperated with the hyper-partisanship and gridlock in Washington. With one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation, an over-burdened middle class and an ever-increasing number of children living in poverty, we need to elect a president, not a party – now more than ever!”
Americans Elect is a nonpartisan nonprofit hosting an online convention in June 2012, with the ultimate goal of initiating a second nominating process that advances a solutions-based approach to governing. This undertaking channels the public’s dissatisfaction with partisan gridlock in the political process into an innovative alternative to the two-party system. At Americans Elect, every voter’s voice is heard regardless of party affiliation. All registered voters are encouraged to sign up at AmericansElect.org to become a delegate. Delegates can debate the issues, develop the Platform of Questions and select a candidate.
Americans Elect has already been certified in Alaska, Arizona, Nevada, Kansas, Florida, Ohio, Arkansas, Utah, Michigan and Colorado. Signature gathering or ballot access activities are underway in Alabama, Missouri, Georgia, Oregon, Maine, Maryland, North Carolina, Nebraska, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Montana, Wyoming, Oklahoma and Tennessee; certification is pending in California and Hawaii.