The Citizens Party has launched a status blog to serve as a place for members, supporters and visitors to get more information about any website problems at votecitizens.org or one of our other main websites.
When votecitizens.org is down or not working correctly, go to our new status blog to get an update on the problem and when you can expect the problem to be corrected. Since launching the status blog, we have not had any problems at votecitizens.org. When things are running smoothly, you will see very little posted on our status blog. Here is the url for our status blog: http://www.status-votecitizens.org/
The Citizens Party is conducting a month long survey to gather feedback from the public. The 36 question survey is designed to give the public the opportunity to impact the party platform, submit “Citizen Questions” that will be asked of our 2012 Presidential candidates and give general feedback about the party and website (VoteCitizens.Org).
You can take the 2011 Citizens Party Survey here.
2012 Citizens Party Presidential Candidate List as of 6/2/2011
Already Announced/ Very Likely to Announce Soon:
Mark Graham (West Virginia)
Keith John Ferguson (Minnesota)
Charles Earl Harvey (North Carolina)
Max Rieske (Michigan)
Somewhat Likely to Seek Citizens Party Nomination Soon
Frank McEnulty (California)
Gary Rostad (California)
8+ Likely Draft Candidates*
*We will post the list of potential draft candidates in future Candidate List updates.
Dropped Out of Race for Citizens Party Nomination
Roger Nichols (Missouri)
Citizens Party Members can draft candidates that they would like to see nominated as either the Citizens Party Presidential or VP candidate. In order for draft candidates to be considered in the Citizens Party nomination process, they must have a sponsor(s). Sponsors must submit the following information to the Citizens Party:
1.The first and last name of the candidate that the Citizens Party member wishes to draft.
2. The state in which the draft candidate resides (if known by sponsor).
3. A short statement should be included that declares (to the best of the sponsors knowledge) that the draft candidate is a legal U.S. Citizen, registered to vote and is eligable to run for President or Vice-President.
The sponsor(s) will be given time to submit paper petitions signed by 100 registered voters, from each of 5 states on behalf of the candidate. In addition, the draft candidate must also receive the on-line endorsement of 2,500 registered voters. This dual requirement translates into a grand total of 500 written signatures, plus 2,500 electronic messages of support.
Sponsors seeking to draft a candidate solely for our Vice-Presidential nomination must submit paper petitions signed by 20 registered voters, from each of 4 states on behalf of the candidate. In addition, the draft candidate must also receive 300 on-line endorsements. Thus dual requirement translates into a grand total of 80 written signatures, plus 300 electronic messages of support.
By having sponsors complete these steps on behalf of a candidate, it demonstrates to a candidate that they have some support within the party and it allows draft candidates the ability to seek our nomination at a late date. All other requirements for Citizens Party Presidential & Vice-Presidential candidates must be met by the draft candidate after they decide to seek our nomination.
We encourage sponsors to set-up a campaign draft committee for your favorite potential candidates and begin fundraising in order to make the most convincing case.
Here is our current rules and information for 2012 Presidential & Vice-Presidential candidates seeking our nomination at the 2012 Citizens Party National Convention as of 6/1/2011:
Citizens Party Presidential Candidate Requirements: In addition to federal requirements*, the Citizens Party requires the following from all candidates seeking the 2012 Citizens Party Presidential & Vice-Presidential nominations (including draft candidates).
1. Candidates must submit their name, address, phone number, email address and a short statement declaring that they are a legal U.S. Citizen and registered to vote.
2. Candidates must complete and return the Citizens Party Candidate Declaration Form (Intent to Run and Good Government Pledge).
3. Candidates must complete our new extended candidate questionnaire.
4. Candidates must complete a background form along with a copy of their resume.
5. Complete atleast one Interview with representatives of the Citizens Party.
6. Candidates must make a commitment to answer member questions (from the Citizen’s Agenda).
7. Submit the dual requirement of paper petitions and on-line endorsements from voters. Citizens Party presidential candidates must submit paper petitions signed by 100 registered voters, from each of 5 states. The candidates must also receive 2,500 on-line endorsements. This dual requirement translates into a grand total of 500 written signatures, plus 2,500 electronic messages of support.
Candidates seeking our Vice-Presidential nomination must submit paper petitions signed by 40 registered voters, from each of 3 states. In addition, the candidate must also receive 400 on-line endorsements. This dual requirement translates into a grand total of 120 written signatures, plus 400 online messages of support.
8. Candidates must be registered as a member of the Citizens Party (or
independent / no party if Citizens Party registration is not available in their state) at least 120 days before the scheduled start of the national convention. (NOTE: Candidates of other political parties are not eligible to seek the Citizens Party Presidential or Vice-Presidential nomination.)
These requirements are not meant to be further hurdles for potential candidates. Instead, they are intended to show the public that we have serious candidates with lots of support from the American people. These requirements will ultimately strengthen our party and each of your campaigns.
Additional requirements may be added at a later date. Please check back often.
*Our FEC code is CIT. Our Presidential candidates will need that code to complete their FEC paperwork.
If so, come join us in Marina del Rey to learn more about the Citizens Party and how you can get involved.
The Citizens Party has launched a new group, Draft Dawn Stensland Mendte on VoteCitizens.Org. The group is designed to urge and convince Dawn Stensland Mendte to run for office as a Citizens Party candidate in 2011, 2012 or 2014.
Our transition from the New American Independent Party to the Citizens Party is nearly complete. Our new website, VoteCitizens.Org is up and running. We have a new wikipedia page and a growing footprint on twitter, facebook, LinkedIn, myspace, tribe, gather, digg, Stumbleupon, yahoo groups, google groups and many more social network / new media sites.