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March 09, 2015


Greg Aldridge

"A candidate must have 10,000 total signatures but at minimum of 400 must come from every congressional district, they must be collected by a resident of that same district and you must collect the last four digits of the signee's social security number"

No, you do not have to be a resident of that district. You only need be a registered voter from Virginia. The social security number is not required. it is voluntary.

The idea that the actual rules requiring signatures are so hard that well financed veteran politicians cant qualify for our primary ballot is laughable.

Having never before done anything like it I organized and ran the effort to get EW Jackson on the senate ballot that same year, 2012. And succeeded despite having almost no resources at all other than travel expenses for a couple of people and volunteers.

" So in order to qualify for a primary in early March a presidential campaign must have an organization set up in all 11 of the state's congressional districts by the early summer of 2015."

Wrong. we did it with no organization to speak of and started the day the law allowed you to start taking signatures, not the previous year with 6 month's lead time.

I was there in the room in Richmond when signatures were being counted in 2012. The presidential candidates you speak of that failed to qualify, turned in sloppy, unorganized and insufficient signature petitions. They had plenty of money, probably 100 times more than we did and paid professionals to do the work.

Those candidates did not get on the ballot and it was their own damn fault.
If I could do it,then they should have done it better. They were the financed professionals.

That said, Virginia's ballot access sucks for a host of reasons, but that does not excuse the 2012 presidential candidates for failing to get on the ballot.
A small few of us got an unknown preacher from Chesapeake on the same ballot that same year under the same rules with almost no resources to get it done.

maybe they didn't deserve to be on the ballot.

Chris B.

You have to remember that the resources used for running a statewide candidate isn't even comparable to a presidential. Ampaign where your staffin and organizing multiple states at once. Our system is set up so insurgent and late blooming candidates can't win. Comparing getting EW Jackson on a primary ballot to running an expensive, nnational campaign where every state,is different isn't really apples to apples.

Greg Aldridge

the comparison of the Virginia portion of their effort to get on the ballot and our effort with EW is exactly the same. Same rules. Same geography, same voters.

Again, they had more money and more resources to spend IN THE VIRGINIA PORTION OF THE PRIMARY than we did. And we did it. They could have too if they cared enough.

"Our system is set up so insurgent and late blooming candidates can't win."

We were not discussing whether the playing field is level for winning. We are discussing their failure to get on the ballot with more resources and more experience than EW, who did get on the ballot.

On the issue of fairness and overall ballot access. Virginia's laws are patently unfair and is essentially a shared monopoly between democrat and republican incumbents.

That boarders on criminal.

Samuel G.

Just wanted to point out that the law has changed since 2012 - 24.2-545 now requires only 5000/200, not 10,000/400 - I believe Dick Black sponsored the legislation, but don't quote me on that. Anyway, I believe Gingrich, Santorum and Perry would have all been on the ballot under the new requirements, even with their slipshod operations.

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