Visit the Americans Elect website and you’ll see a notice that there are only 22 days left until the first round of caucusing gets underway. The problem with that is, as of yet, no declared candidates have collected enough support to participate in the caucus.
I wrote earlier in the week about Buddy Romer and Rocky Anderson, both semi-serious presidential candidates who are struggling to collect backers for the AE nomination. Things haven’t gotten any better since I published those posts.
On Tuesday evening, Roemer had just crossed the 3,000 mark among total delegate support, with about half of his delegates in his top 10 states. Americans Elect will require Roemer to gain the backing of at least 1,000 supporters in each of 10 states to move forward. In the four days that followed, Roemer added a whopping 142 delegates to his total! If he continues to average about one-half of his support in his top 10 states, and he continues to add support at the rate of about 36 total delegates per day, then it looks like Buddy Roemer is in an excellent position to qualify for the Americans Elect ballot… by August of 2013!
Rocky Anderson, who has fewer supporters than Roemer on the site, must collect the endorsement of at least 5,000 delegates in each of his top 10 states. If he can maintain his current pace, Anderson appears to be on track to earn a spot on the Americans Elect caucus ballot for the 2024 presidential election. And no, I’m not joking. Also, I’m not pointing out these numbers to make fun of Mr. Roemer or Mr. Anderson, both are very serious men with important things to say and substantial credentials to back them up.
The problem here is less with the candidates and more with Americans Elect the organization, which has set a totally unreasonable standard of support to qualify for the first round of caucusing. With three weeks to go before their nomination process kicks into high gear, it is essential that the AE board meet and revise their requirements immediately.
At this point in time, it is doubtful that there are even 10 states with 1,000 fully qualified voting delegates registered in them at this point. Perhaps the better requirement for Americans Elect to set would be that a candidate had to get the support of 10% of the total delegates registered in at least 10 states? The current system of 1,000 delegates in each of 10 states discriminates against smaller states, as Roemer and Anderson are both focusing on racking up their totals in places like California, New York and Florida. Enacting this suggested rule change would make it not only possible for at least a few candidates to make the threshold, but it would also restore some geographic balance to the whole nominating process.