California gets new political party

December 20, 2011 10:52:33 PM PST
For the first time in 16 years, California has a new political party.

The Americans Elect Party says its goal is to give voters an alternative to Democrats and Republicans.

Americans Elect is a privately financed group whose backers remain anonymous. Supporters claim the new party is the ultimate form of democracy because it allows members to nominate their candidates by voting online.

Americans Elect is now on the presidential ballot for 2012 in 12 states.