New party earns spot on Maine presidential ballot

Posted Jan. 25, 2012, at 7:38 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A new political party that’s pushing for a bipartisan ticket in the 2012 presidential election says it has earned a spot on November’s presidential ballot in Maine.

The group, called Americans Elect, said state election officials have verified enough of the 32,000 signatures it turned in last month to gain access to the Maine ballot. To maintain a spot on the ballot, the group also has to hold caucuses and a state convention.

The Washington-based nonprofit group wants voters to select a candidate in an online convention who would be joined on the ticket by a vice presidential candidate from a different party. Former Maine gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler is on its board of directors.

Americans Elect says it has been certified in 15 states so far.

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