Online Staff Report
Free and Equal Elections Foundation announced Oct. 25 that Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein will advance to the final third-party presidential debate from 8 to 9:30 p.m. (Central) in Washington, D.C.
The debate location will be RT America’s state-of-the-art studio and facility. RT America will open its studio and offer a live, neutral feed via satellite to interested media. The moderator will be announced Monday, Oct. 29. Larry King moderated the first debate Oct. 23.
Johnson, Stein, Constitution Party candidate Virgil Goode and Justice Party candidate Rocky Anderson participated in the first debate.
The voter’s ranked choices were collected at Free and Equal’s website after the first debate, with a total of 47,836 votes cast.
The votes were tallied via instant runoff voting (IRV). IRV tallies all the voters’ first choice candidates. Then, the candidate in fourth place is knocked off, and the second, third and fourth choices for those ballots are added to the other candidates’ totals.
Johnson won the first count with 26,187 votes, followed by Stein with 15,013, Anderson with 3,938 and Goode with 2,698. In the runoff count, Johnson had 1,962, Anderson 444 and Stein 292. The grand total was 28,149 for Johnson, 15,305 for Stein and 4,382 for Anderson.
“The voters have spoken, and we are pleased to announce that Gary Johnson and Jill Stein will advance to the second debate,” said Christina Tobin, founder and chairman of Free & Equal.
The first debate garnered national and international media sponsors and worldwide coverage, bringing fresh new ideas and viewpoints to a large online audience. Replays are available on Ora.tv and RT America’s YouTube channels, Al Jazeera’s website, as well as Free & Equal’s website.
Free & Equal has assembled a diverse group of ballot-qualified candidates, political parties, media, businesses, musicians, radio personalities, organizations, and individuals across the political spectrum to support an open, honest, unscripted, multi-partisan debate for American voters and the international community.
Viewers can catch the live Oct. 30 debate between Stein and Johnson at www.freeandequalorg/live, and RT America’s YouTube channel. Additional media may join the live feed.
Posted Oct. 25, 2012