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The Americans Elect flameout: Is there any hope for a third party?

Americans Elect spent $35 million to get a credible third-party candidate on the 2012 presidential ballot, round up 420,000 online delegates, and bring a new breed of independent, direct democracy to America's two-party system. Early Tuesday morning, the group said everything has gone according to plan, except for one small detail: They don't have a candidate. Monday at midnight was the deadline for the competing candidates to get enough online votes — at least 10,000 — to qualify for the group's online convention in June.
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Why the ‘Top Two’ Primary System Won’t Solve the Turnout Problem

Politics / US Politics : Washington Wire (8 hours ago)

Linda Killian: The "top two" primary system makes it much more difficult for third-party and independent candidates to qualify for the general-election ballot. Read Post

Earl Ofari Hutchinson: Could a Third Party Candidate Naderize President Obama?

Politics / US Politics : Huffington Post: Politics Blog (2 years ago)

In any other election, the third-party candidates would be applauded by millions of Americans and even get their votes, and deserve to get their votes. But this election is not that election. Romney has made sure of that. Read Post

Matt Welch Tackles America's "Two Party Tyranny" on Stossel

News : Reason (2 years ago)

Matt Welch, co-author of The Declaration of Independents, speaking on Stossel, September 13, 2012. Topics include third party candidates' minute exposure by mainstream media, flaws in the american election system, and the spoiler ef... Read Post


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