Americans Elect is seeking to create an “open nominating process” that will submit a bipartisan ticket for the 2012 presidential election. They invite online visitors to sign up as “delegates” and contribute by prioritizing issues, then answering more detailed questions about those issues. The authors ask decent questions, but provide very black and white (or should I say red and blue?) answers that basically mirror the Republican and Democrat platforms. Nothing new.
Because they simply reproduce old party ideas instead of fostering outside discussion, it’s likely that whatever position gets the upper hand on this new ticket (judging by the current response statistics — Democrat) will do nothing more than take a few votes away from the official ticket.
Nevertheless, the response statistics are interesting. This one on job creation serves as a reminder of the work set out for us.