At the Virginia Dept. of Elections, what happens if we click the center-top button? We get Presidential Primary Information. That page contains a table with dates. What are some of the critical dates?
- Presidential Primary Election Day. — Tuesday, March 1, 2016
- Deadline for presidential primary petitions and the combined Consent/Declaration of Candidacy to be filed with the State Board of Elections. — Thursday, December 10, 2015 (5:00 p.m.)
- First day on which presidential primary petitions may be circulated. — Tuesday, June 23, 2015
In Virginia, those farseeing activist who wanted to get their candidate on Virginia’s Presidential Primary ballot started circulating petitions. Why that soon? Lots of signatures must be collected. Deadlines, Duties and Ballot Access Requirements describes the requirements. Here is the big hurdle. The petitions to be on the ballot:
Must be signed by not less than 5,000 qualified voters in Virginia, including at least 200 qualified voters from each of Virginia’s eleven congressional districts, who attest that they intend to participate in the primary of the same political party as the candidate named on the petition.
Because many people who are not registered to vote will sign a petition, it is recommended that 7,500 – 10,000 signatures be obtained with at least 300 signatures from each congressional district. (from here)
That’s why in Virginia’s 2012 Republican Presidential Primary Election only two candidates made it on the ballot: Ron Paul and Mitt Romney. Both men, because they had run before, started early, had the money, and had the organization, were able to get on the ballot. The rest? Well, their supporters did not step forward, volunteer, and get the job done (see AN EXAMPLE OF HOW WE SHOOT OURSELVES IN THE FOOT UPDATED WITH OTHER VIEWS).
Well, since the establishment likes Virginia’s stupid rules for getting on Virginia’s Presidential Primary ballot, we still have those stupid rules. So what do we do? We get to work.
I have a friend who is a dedicated political activist. What is he doing? He is out collecting signatures for a couple of his favorite presidential candidates. Others are doing the same. When I was at the Prince William County Fair on Saturday (August 22, 2015), I stopped by a booth for Ben Carson and signed a petition for him.
What do you have to do?
- We have to decide which of our favorite candidates have a real chance of winning, and we have to give them our support.
- We must carefully read the rules (Deadlines, Duties and Ballot Access Requirements ), print petitions (PETITION OF QUALIFIED VOTERS FOR PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY), and collect signatures.
- We must find out how to get our petitions to the campaigns we support. We must go to their websites. We must find a local office. We must let them know we want to volunteer, but we cannot wait to hear back from them. They still don’t have the people. We don’t have the time. We must get to work now.
Will it be easy? No. Will our favorite candidates be well organized in Virginia? Probably not, but that is why we need to help. We are electing human beings. By ourselves, none of us can do what needs to be done. The best we can do is to set a good example.