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New party on Calif. 2012 presidential ballot

December 19, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
For the first time since 1995, Californians will see a new political party on the presidential election ballot.

The Americans Elect party has turned in more than a million signatures to secure a place on the June primary ballot.

That makes California the 12th state in which the Americans Elect hopes to nominate candidates.

The Washington, D.C.-based group wants to offer a nonpartisan candidate who doesn't answer to any political affiliation.

Critics have noted that the group's status as a nonprofit group allows it to shield information about its donors, who include some wealthy benefactors.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.