Americans Elect party dissolves in Nebraska

2013-12-03T14:45:00Z 2013-12-07T21:01:08Z Americans Elect party dissolves in NebraskaThe Associated Press The Associated Press
December 03, 2013 2:45 pm  • 

A political organization that had hoped to field bipartisan candidates for president and vice president has been dissolved in Nebraska.

The Nebraska Secretary of State's office said Tuesday it is in the process of notifying the 275 voters in the state who had registered with the Americans Elect party.

"Party leadership for Americans Elect recently informed the office of its dissolution at both the state and national levels," the office said in a written release.

Americans Elect was not organized nationally as a third party. Instead, it sought to field presidential and vice presidential candidates from opposing political parties. The group secured ballot space around the country last year. In order to do that, some states — including Nebraska — required Americans Elect to register as a political party.

Americans Elect had planned to conduct an online convention to nominate presidential and vice presidential candidates for the 2012 election, but the online nomination effort was unsuccessful. That led the group to recently request that it be dissolved in Nebraska.

Nick Masada, the organizer for Americans Elect in Nebraska, did not immediately respond to phone and email messages left for him Tuesday at Hastings College, where he is a student.

Voters who are registered with Americans Elect in Nebraska are being sent letters informing them of the dissolution. They will be given an opportunity to re-register with another state-recognized political party or as nonpartisan — or independent — voters.

Assistant Secretary of State Neil Erickson, who oversees the state's elections, said Tuesday that Nebraska currently recognizes only three political parties: Democratic, Republican and Libertarian.

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