I can understand the frustration of numerous voters and bloggers to the state of the Virginia Republican Primary ballot. I just wish the frustrations were aimed in the right direction – at the incredibly incompetent or uninterested candidates.
Does 10,000 signatures sound like a lot? Sure it does, until one takes a look at the State Board of Elections’ rules – in particular, the start date for candidates to get signatures: July 1, 2011.
In other words, candidates had nearly six months to get this done. Even the 15,000 number that RPV used for “automatic” certification translates to less than 100 signatures a day statewide. With just one volunteer in each Congressional District, the candidates needed less than eight signatures per day per circulator to ensure they qualified for the ballot (Perry declared on August 13, so in his case, he needed just under 10.5 per day).
Am I really supposed to believe that candidates for president can’t find 11 volunteers throughout the state of Virginia, or that those volunteers couldn’t do eight signatures (or ten and a half in Perry’s case) a day? During my almost-candidacy for school board, I could get ten in less than an hour.
Fact is, no candidate not named Romney or Paul had the dedication or forethought to make sure they made it on the ballot. That’s on them, not the State Board or the RPV.
Here’s the reality: there are only two serious candidates for president left. The rest have been proven to be pretenders, pure and simple.