There will be a GOP presidential primary – of a sort – in Virginia on March 6, 2012, offering a choice between Mitt Romney and Ron Paul.   President Obama was the only candidate who filed for the Democratic primary, so it is cancelled and he wins all the delegates.  On June 12, 2012, both parties..

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DPVA issued the following press release today regarding voter supression bills the GOP is pushing in the General Assembly.  Go to Virginia’s Legislative Information Services page for more information on the specific bills and contact your delegate or state senator, here.

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Federal District Judge John Gibney yesterday rejected the efforts by GOP Presidential candidates Perry, Gingrich, Santorum, and Huntsman to litigate their way onto the Virginia March 6, 2012 primary ballot.   Each of the candidates had failed to comply with the Virginia statutory requirement that they obtain 10,000 signatures to qualify for the primary.  In its Opinion,..

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After only Willard Romney and Ron Paul timely submitted the required 10,000 signatures (with 400 from each CD) to qualify for the Virginia GOP primary ballot, Rick Perry sued Virginia State Board of Elections (“SBE”) members (Judd, Bowers, and Palmer) and Republican Party of Va. (“RPVA”) Chair (Pat  Mullins), in their official capacities, in federal..

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RTD p0litical reporter Wesley Hester reports that Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuchinelli wants to lower Virginia’s presidential primary signature requirement to 100 per congressional district, and make the change retroactive to help the GOP candidates who didn’t make it on the ballot (including his apparent favorite Rick Santorum).  Cooch also noted the possibility of “a..

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Ballot Access News and Republican blogger Moe Lane have a fascinating take on the failure of GOP loser candidates to get on Virginia’s primary ballot.  The bottom line is that, although Va. Code sec. 24.2-545.B requires candidates seeking access to Virginia’s presidential primary ballot to submit 10,000 signatures of “qualified voters,” including 400 per Congressional District, in the..

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There’s been a lot of press today on the failure of nearly all of the Republican presidential candidates to qualify for the March 6, 2012 Virginia GOP presidential primary, leaving Republican voters with the “choice” of Romney or Paul.   President Obama was the only candidate to qualify for the Democratic primary, so that primary will be cancelled and..

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10 Dec 2011
December 10, 2011

DNC State Chairs Group Meets

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One of the most important groups within the Democratic National Committee is the Association of State Democratic Chairs (ASDC), which consists of each state’s party chair, first vice chair, and executive director.  The ASDC meets four times a year and just concluded its winter meeting here in Las Vegas.  Over the past three days, the..

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03 Dec 2011
December 3, 2011

Getting Obama on the Ballot

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Congratulations to petition coordinator Barbara Kanninen and all the OFA-Virginia volunteers who collected and filed with the State Board of Elections petitions containing more than 15,000 signatures to get President Obama on Virginia’s ballot.  Story here and here.  Virginia state law requires presidential candidates to submit 10,000 signatures prior to the December 22, 2011 deadline (with at..

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09 Nov 2011
November 9, 2011

Hitting the Canvass

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In Virginia, elections  don’t end on election day.   After the polls close at 7 pm, the precinct poll workers count their ballots and report the results to the local registrar, who forwards the information to the State Board of Elections (SBE), which then posts the results here.  (With varying degrees of accuracy, and last night,..

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