Posts tagged: Virginia

Mar 21 2013

Virginia Governor Signs Bill Lowering Presidential Petition Requirements

Source: Ballot Access News

On March 18, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell signed SB 690, which lowers the number of signatures for all presidential candidates (both presidential primary and general election) from 10,000 signatures to 5,000 signatures.

Indiana now has the most difficult mandatory presidential primary petition requirement in the nation. Indiana requires 4,500 signatures, with 500 signatures Read more »

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Mar 12 2013

Bolling rejects independent run for governor

Source: WTVR.com (via Ballot Access News)

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – Virginia Lt. Governor Bill Bolling announced via email and web post on Tuesday morning that he did not plan to run for governor as an Independent candidate.

“I have decided that I will not be an Independent candidate for Governor this year. There were many factors that influenced my decision to forgo such a campaign,” Bolling Read more »

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Mar 09 2013

Experts on Virginia Politics Discuss Possible Bill Bolling Independent Candidacy for Governor This Year

Source: Ballot Access News

This article, despite its unfortunate title, rebuts the conventional wisdom that independent or minor party candidates are “spoilers”. The article discusses the possible Bill Bolling independent candidacy for Governor of Virginia, and makes it clear that just because Bolling was elected as the Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor in 2009, that does not necessarily mean his entry into the race would damage Read more »

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Mar 01 2013

Washington Post Describes Bill Bolling’s Decision-Making Process on Whether to Run for Virginia Governor as an Independent

Source: Ballot Access News

The Washington Post has this article about Bill Bolling, Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor. He was elected as a Republican in 2009 and, as the article describes, he is thinking seriously about running for Governor this year as an independent. Thanks to PoliticalWire for the link.

Although minor party or independent candidates for Governor have been elected since Read more »

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Feb 22 2013

Independent Green Party Launches Petition to Place Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor on Ballot as Independent Candidate

Source: Ballot Access News

Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling has said he will announce on March 14 whether to run as an independent candidate for Governor of Virginia this year. Meanwhile, the Independent Green Party is already circulating an independent petition with Bolling’s name on it, so that if he does run, he will have the advantage of the signatures collected by the party. Here is the party’s web page for the “Draft” effort, Read more »

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Feb 20 2013

Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor May Run for Governor as an Independent

Source: Ballot Access News

Virginia holds its gubernatorial election on November 5, 2013. It is assumed that Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will be the Republican nominee and that Terry McAuliffe, former chair of the Democratic national committee, will be the Democratic nominee. The state’s Lieutenant Governor, Bill Bolling, elected as a Republican in 2009, has hinted he will be an independent “centrist” candidate for Governor this year. Read more »

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Feb 19 2013

Virginia Legislature Passes Bill Cutting All Presidential Petitions from 10,000 to 5,000 Signatures

Source: Ballot Access News

On February 19, the Virginia House passed SB 690, which cuts the number of signatures for all presidential petitions (both presidential primary, and general election petitions) from 10,000 signatures to 5,000 signatures. The bill had already passed the Senate, so now it goes to the Governor. The vote was unanimous. Thanks to Kevin Hayes for this news. This news will help to bolster the North Carolina ballot access Read more »

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Feb 15 2013

Virginia Ballot Access Bills Advance

Source: Ballot Access News

On February 15, two Virginia ballot access improvements made headway.

SB 1049, which says that inactive voters may sign candidate petitions, passed the House Privileges and Elections Committee. The bill had already passed the Senate. The bill also sets up appeal procedures when the candidate is told his or her petition lacks enough valid signatures. Read more »

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Feb 11 2013

Virginia Legislature Kills Bill to Legalize Out-of-State Petitioners

Source: Ballot Access News

The Virginia bill to legalize out-of-state circulators, HB 1898, has died because it never moved and the deadline for bills to advance from their house of origin has now passed. Meanwhile, the Fourth Circuit will hear arguments over the residency requirement on Wednesday, March 20. The case is Libertarian Party of Virginia v Judd, 12-1996.

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Jan 29 2013

Virginia Presidential Ballot Access Bill Passes Senate

Source: Ballot Access News

On January 28, the Virginia Senate passed SB 690 by a vote of 23-17. This is the bill that lowers the number of signatures for presidential candidates (both presidential primary candidates, and general election candidates) from 10,000 signatures to 5,000. Republicans overwhelmingly backed the bill, by 17-3. Democrats were mostly opposed; six Democrats voted for the bill but fourteen voted against it.

The six Democrats who voted for the bill were these Senators: Charles Colgan, Creigh Deeds, Adam Read more »

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