Americans Elect falters in bid to ignite third-party fever
Online voting plan postponed, Web traffic light
Last July, a well-funded nonprofit group called Americans Elect announced it had found a new and more honorable path to the White House. It would bypass the primaries, the founders said, via the Internet. By empowering Web-izens, the group would skip early-state hucksterism and favor-seeking donors. Using viral marketing savvy, the organizers would advance a third-party “unity’’ ticket without the usual cynicism, circus acts, and, it turns out, scrutiny. They aimed, in short, to take the politics out of politics.