A national online effort to find and nominate a candidate for president has begun a petition drive to get that candidate on the ballot in North Carolina.
Americans Elect, described as a "virtual Third Party," hopes to mobilize tens of thousands of people across the country to recommend and then vote on a presidential ticket in 2012.
Organizers say they've already gotten the 1.6 million signatures they need to get on the ballot in California.
"There's a real hunger out there for a third ticket in 2012 and for folks to participate in a more meaningful way in a primary," Elliot Ackerman, the group's chief operating officer, told the Observer on Monday. "Not just people who live in early primary states like Iowa and New Hampshire but every American."
The group's board of advisers includes Mark Erwin of Charlotte, an investor and former U.S. ambassador, former FBI Director William Webster and Mark McKinnon, a former adviser to President George W. Bush. Read more from The Charlotte Observer here.