Most Americans expect the 2012 presidential election to offer the same binary choice between a Republican and a Democrat that voters have faced, with few exceptions, for decades. But Elliot Ackerman of Americans Elect says 2012 will be different. Americans Elect is a non-profit, non-partisan effort to use digital tools to nominate a candidate outside the two-party system — and to get that candidate listed on ballots in all 50 states. As Ackerman put it: “In 2012, it’s going to be a three-horse race. It’s going to be the Republicans, the Democrats and the American people, as represented through Americans Elect.”
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