LINCOLN — A little-known political party is being officially dissolved in Nebraska after failing to field even one candidate for public office.
The Americans Elect Party, an effort launched to nominate presidential and vice presidential candidates in 2012 via an online convention, has informed the Nebraska secretary of state of its intention to dissolve.
The party had about 275 members in Nebraska and was able, in 2012, to gather more than 9,000 signatures to qualify as an official party in the state.
“Pick a President, Not a Party” was its slogan. But Americans Elect was unable to field a presidential slate through what it called “the first nonpartisan, national online presidential primary.” It also didn't field any candidates for state offices in Nebraska.
A Nebraska contact for the party did not respond immediately to phone messages left Monday evening.
Neal Erickson of the Secretary of State's Office said Monday that members of Americans Elect will be mailed notices soon advising them that their registration will be changed to “nonpartisan” unless they elect to change their registration to another political party.
Americans Elect isn't the first political party in Nebraska to be sent to the political graveyard.
Erickson said the Green, Reform, Nebraska and Libertarian Parties have all fallen off the ballot after failing to garner the required votes to remain a recognized political party: at least 5 percent of the votes cast in one statewide race in one of the past two state elections.
Such parties can be resurrected via a petition drive, which customarily happens during presidential election years, Erickson said.