Americans Elect has eased several rules on how candidates may seek the group’s presidential nomination. The original rules said that “automatic” candidates need 10,000 clicks, and “contingent” candidates need 100,000 clicks. “Clicks” means a computer response from a delegate, sitting at home in front of his or her computer. In effect, a “click” is a vote. The original rules said all these clicks must come in during a one-month period.
The new, more relaxed rules say that the clicks may come in at any time, from the moment the candidate declares for the nomination, through April 3. The new rules also lower the “contingent” candidate requirement from 100,000 to 50,000.
As before, “automatic” means someone who has the objective characteristics of past Presidents…a past or present member of Congress, or a past or present Governor, or a past or present cabinet member, or past high-ranking general, or CEO of a very large business, or national leader of a major labor union.
Americans Elect also relaxed the rules on how the delegates may override any rules-related decision of the Americans Elect board. The old rules required 2/3rds of the delegates to vote to overrule the Board. The new rules require a majority vote, and expand the time period during which the delegates may participate in an override vote.
Americans Elect held a press conference on December 21 to announce the new rules. During the question-and-answer period, Americans Elect leaders engaged in a vigorous debate with some reporters who have criticized Americans Elect because not all donors to Americans Elect are publicly identified.