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Published April 19, 2012, 03:03 PM

Group striving for bipartisan ticket on 25 ballots

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A group promising to field a bipartisan presidential ticket in November says it's now on the ballot in 25 states.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A group promising to field a bipartisan presidential ticket in November says it's now on the ballot in 25 states.

Americans Elect announced Thursday that it is halfway toward its goal of appearing on the ballot in all 50 states, a tall climb for an entity outside the two major political parties. A handful of states require the candidates themselves to petition for access.

Americans Elect won't have its ticket set until June, and it's technically not a third party under federal law.

States from Maine to California have given it the go-ahead. South Dakota was the 25th.

Most states require a petition drive. Americans Elect says it has collected 2.5 million signatures to date.

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