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Americans Elect: Democracy in the Internet Age

This is exactly the kind of development we need to get us out of the current One Party State:

Though many feel we are stuck with a two-party system after numerous attempts to elect a viable alternative candidate have failed, a new Internet-based political movement is emerging. The goal? To put a presidential nomination on the 2012 ballot derived completely from open voting on the Internet. Called Americans Elect, the nonpartisan, nonprofit organization isn’t a traditional new political party, although it must register as one. Instead, it’s a way to nominate candidates in a more democratic fashion. So far, the group has submitted the required number of signatures to put a nomination on the ballot in eight states and has plans to be on 18 by year’s end. Democratic representation is an old idea that modern technology is reinventing, and the movement has the potential to change American politics forever…and that means 2012 will be an even wackier election year than it is already shaping up to be.

So how does one vote for an Americans Elect candidate?

Visit Americans Elect to find out more.

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6 responses to “Americans Elect: Democracy in the Internet Age

  1. lacithedog August 9, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    I had to cross post this. The US system is getting very annoying with voters in earlier primaries deciding who runs, the cost of elections, the lack of choice, and generally the parties being run for the benefit of the rich.

    Obama has been a real failure given his rightward drift.

    Anyone I’ve liked has pulled out long before the primary where I am registered to vote.

    • Andrew B. August 11, 2011 at 1:54 am

      It’s certainly a step in the right direction, but I’m a little disappointed with the rather traditional ways of thinking exhibited on the website. Some of the questions, for example, just reinforce the corporate narrative; for example, “Do you think we are winning the War on Terror?”

      Still, the Internet can definitely be a force towards genuine democratization, and we should embrace any developments which move in that direction.

      Couldn’t agree more about Obama’s depressing rightward drift and the horrible choices left after every primary.

  2. Thurman August 11, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Agreed. Almost any new or novel approach has to be a step in the right direction given how far into the basement our electoral process has sunk. I’ll definitely be giving American Elect the once over. thanks for pointing the way.

  3. ickenittle September 1, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    I ran across this from Crooks&Liars about American Elect. They seem to think it is a false site with a false message.

    Here is the link,http://crooksandliars.com/karoli/americans-elect-nothing-independent-or-nonp

    What do you think?

    • Andrew B. September 3, 2011 at 5:07 am

      Thanks for that link, it’s always useful to get alternative viewpoints. I think the article is probably right that there is a lot to be suspicious about with Americans Elect, and as I mentioned in an earlier comment, the questions alone indicate that the site has a fairly obvious conservative slant. So I think that I agree with the idea behind Americans Elect, and the notion of utilizing the Internet as a force for genuine democracy, but perhaps Americans Elect itself is little more than a corporate sham. At the very least, I think we should embrace the principles behind it, but continue to work towards developing alternative mass political movements that actually do represent the interests of genuine, progressive Americans.

  4. mohsen July 19, 2012 at 3:45 am

    that would be the president of hackers

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