Thursday, December 29, 2011

Presidential Elections 2012 - #3528 - Republican Party of Virginia Issues Statement on "Petition Certification" - Bearing Drift (2) Va. GOP Defends Ballot Process, Gingrich claims Fraud - Washington Examiner

Considering that earlier today the RPV stated that neither Chairman Pat Mullins “…nor the party will be issuing any further statements until the judge issues a ruling,” in the ongoing soap opera that Virginia’s presidential primary ballot has become, this just-issued, and lengthy, statement is rather surprising: From the earliest days of the campaigns, RPV has actively told candidates that Virginia’s signature requirements could be a difficult legal requirement to meet for those who were new to Virginia politics. In October 2011, RPV formally adopted the certification procedures that were applied on December 23: any candidate who submitted over 15,000 facially-valid signatures would be presumed to be in compliance with Virginia’s 10,000 signature law. The presumption of compliance was set at 15,000 for a variety of reasons. First, in the party’s long experience with petitions, RPV has never encountered a situation where a candidate who submitted 15,000 signatures has failed to make the ballot (absent cases of obvious fraud). Second, Virginia’s State Board of Elections advises candidates to collect 15,000 or more signatures to be safe, based on their long experience with average failure rates. Third, RPV adopted the 15,000-signature presumption because the Party wants all of its candidates to qualify for the ballot. The 15,000-signature presumption served as an incentive for candidates to comply with the law with a safe margin of signatures.  Read more.......

Va. GOP Defends Ballot Process, Gingrich Claims Fruad - Washington Examiner - The fight to place all seven Republican presidential candidates on Virginia's primary ballot is moving toward the courts while one candidate bumped from the ballot, Newt Gingrich, insisted Wednesday that he was the victim of fraud.  The conservative Citizens for the Republic and former Democratic Party of Virginia Chairman Paul Goldman said Wednesday that Virginia failed to follow its own laws in determining which candidates should make the ballot. The state delegated its duties to the political parties without double-checking their work, Goldman said.  Virginia requires candidates to submit signatures from 10,000 registered voters, including 400 from each of the state's 11 congressional districts. The rules came under scrutiny after two presidential contenders trying to get on the March 6 ballot -- Gingrich and Texas Gov. Rick Perry -- were rejected because they didn't have enough valid signatures. Only former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas made the Virginia ballot.  Read more.......

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