AUGUSTA (AP) — A new political party that’s pushing for a bipartisan ticket in the 2012 presidential election says it’s earned a spot on November’s presidential ballot in Maine.

The group called Americans Elect says state election officials have verified enough of the 32,000 signatures it turned in last month to gain access to the Maine ballot. To maintain a spot on the ballot, the group also has to hold caucuses and a state convention.

The Washington-based nonprofit wants voters to select a candidate in an online convention who would be joined on the ticket by a vice presidential candidate from a different party. Former Maine gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler is on its board of directors.

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