Posted on 31 December 2011.
It looks like the news is very good: Breaking news – BOTH the AG and the Governor will support remedial legislation to correct the Virginia Primary Joke!
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is intervening in the Virginia presidential primary dispute and plans to file emergency legislation to address the inability of most Republican presidential candidates to get their name on the ballot, Fox News has learned. * * *
Sources told Fox News that Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell
is expected to support the emergency legislation as well.
Here’s the details, according to Fox News:
Cuccinelli’s proposal is expected to state that if the Virginia Board of Elections certifies that a candidate is receiving federal matching funds, or has qualified to receive them, that candidate will upon request be automatically added to the ballot.
I think this is a reasonable and fair proposal but I concede that the one who posted the news on the Daily Paul is probably right
about what would happen if Ron Paul had fallen short…
He [Cuccinelli] also happens to be a Republican. He is drafting “Emergency” legislation. GOP is all hands on deck with their separate set of rules for the insiders. We do not need to ask what would have occurred if Ron Paul fell short of the needed signatures:
But we are on the ballot and first spot to boot! Let’s beat ‘em with the voters!
UPDATE: Attorney General Cuccinelli has changed his mind. I respect his decision and his reasons for doing it. But I await a ruling or legal analysis that says this 10,000 signature requirement is constitutional. Why did three serious candidates: Bachmann, Huntsman and Santorum not even try to get on the VA ballot? Because it was too much for them to spend to get on one states’ ballot. That speaks to how onerous it is. I believe it must be corrected right away in the courts and in the legislature, too.
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)