New political party seeks space on Maine ballots

The Associated Press
Posted Dec. 15, 2011, at 1:42 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A new political party that’s pushing for a bipartisan ticket in the 2012 presidential election is seeking a spot on the Maine ballot next November.

Americans Elect is turning in nearly 32,000 signatures to the secretary of state’s office Thursday for a line on next year’s presidential ballot. The Washington-based nonprofit wants voters to select a candidate in an online convention next June who would be joined on the ticket by a vice presidential candidate from a different party.

To get on the Maine ballot, the group has to have at least 28,625 signatures verified, hold caucuses by March 15 and hold a state convention by August.

Americans Elect says it’s been certified in 11 states so far.

Former Maine gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler is on its board of directors. printed on July 22, 2017