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Sandy’s ARTICLE on Better Ballot Access OUT Today in Style Weekly!

It’s OUT!  And it’s so much fun to have my name in print again (and I even get a small stipend – enough for a nice dinner for the best looking most wonderful girl in the world!) but the message is clear and compelling:

Here it is at Style.

Couple of highlights:

Virginia has some of the most restrictive ballot-access laws in the nation. Either a political party must get 10 percent of the vote in a statewide election, not counting ones for president, or each statewide candidate for that party must get 10,000 signatures.


All these uncontested elections in Virginia might be nice when the candidates are favorites of yours without opponents, but they’re corrosive to the process in that the incumbents feel less accountable to the people. Such elections also prevent candidates from having mandates when they go to Richmond. Uncontested elections discourage voting even for the occasional contested race on the same ballot.

Read my solution at Style but it is a party-based petition concept.  It is out this week starting today.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

4 Responses to “Sandy’s ARTICLE on Better Ballot Access OUT Today in Style Weekly!”


    1. […] Electoral fairness:  Better ballot access for minor parties (see this post for details) […]

    2. […] to decide if they want to run in a primary or convention) on ballot access.  No one introduced the Sanders proposal in Style last November.  No one introduced a bill to reduce number of signatures for statewide office, either.  Ought to […]

    3. […] certain blogger in Virginia proposed a concept similar to that (probably actually stricter than the NC bill!) in Style […]

    4. […] the LP did not waste their ballot access from Sarvis – in most other states, they would have had ballot access it is true – but in the Old Dominion, a political party […]

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    Tom White Says:

    Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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