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Yes, Virginia, Your Ballot-Access Rules Are Difficult


In the final Jolt until December 29 . . .

Don’t Forget the Details Like Collecting Signatures, Fellas!

Who will I be voting for in the Virginia Republican primary? Unless I want to write someone in, my menu of options just shrank considerably: “Four Republican presidential candidates – Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry and Ron Paul — submitted paper work in time to qualify for Virginia’s March 6 primary ballot. No other GOP contender will be on the Virginia ballot. Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Sen. Rick Santorum and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman did not submit signatures with Virginia’s State Board of Elections by today’s 5 p.m. deadline.”

After envisioning me being eviscerated by angry Iowans wielding hog-slaughtering knives, Robert Stacy McCain offers some reporting: “On a conference call with grassroots supporters last week, a top Santorum staffer had discussed ballot-access issues in several states. Virginia was singled out as a tough one, because of the ‘stringent’ factor described in the Politico article: Not just the 10,000-signature minimum, but you have to get 400 signatures in each of 11 congressional districts, and the deadline hit in the middle of the holiday season, at the same time that the campaigns were going all-out in Iowa. The Santorum people on the conference call were asking for Virginia volunteers to help with their ballot-access drive, saying they were hoping for a ‘Christmas miracle.’ Given the low-budget situation with the Santorum campaign, they had no other choice but rely on volunteers. (Romney, of course, could afford to hire professional ballot-access people.)”

Plus, the iconic presidential declaration of, “Let’s see if my credit card still works! . . . It will be really embarrassing if it doesn’t go through.”

Indeed, Mr. President, those credit downgrades are a pain.

Tags: Mitt Romney , Newt Gingrich , Rick Perry , Ron Paul , Virginia


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