“The American people have really only been given two choices, Democrat or Republican,” said Matthew Rydberg, an Americans Elect delegate volunteer based in Bismarck. “Americans Elect is giving people that third choice and giving people back the voice that the two-party system has robbed them of. It is allowing voters to participate directly in the nominating process. Most people don’t perfectly align with one party or the other, and AE is giving them the opportunity to select a candidate that more closely matches all of their opinions.”
North Dakota is the 24th state to certify Americans Elect, joining Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Americans Elect is awaiting certification in four states and is conducting ballot access efforts in nine others.
To date, Americans Elect has collected over 85 percent of the 2.9 million signatures required for 50 state ballot access.