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Some may say:  Why vote for Sarvis?  He can’t win!

First, Sarvis CAN win – he’s on the ballot.  But it is very unlikely he will win.  But there is a victory that is within reach and that is the 10% requirement to be a recognized political party in Virginia.  So, If you want to open up the political system, the best way to do it is:  Vote Sarvis!

Here are the pertinent Virginia Code sections (24.2-101):

“Party” or “political party” means an organization of citizens of the Commonwealth which, at either of the two preceding statewide general elections, received at least 10 percent of the total vote cast for any statewide office filled in that election. The organization shall have a state central committee and an office of elected state chairman which have been continually in existence for the six months preceding the filing of a nominee for any office.

and Section 24.2-506:

A. The name of any candidate for any office, other than a party nominee, shall not be printed upon any official ballots provided for the election unless he shall file along with his declaration of candidacy a petition therefor, on a form prescribed by the State Board, signed by the number of qualified voters specified below after January 1 of the year in which the election is held and listing the residence address of each such voter. Each signature on the petition shall have been witnessed by a person who is himself a legal resident of the Commonwealth and who is not a minor or a felon whose voting rights have not been restored and whose affidavit to that effect appears on each page of the petition.

And Section 24.2-508:

Each political party shall have the power to (i) make its own rules and regulations, (ii) call conventions to proclaim a platform, ratify a nomination, or for any other purpose, (iii) provide for the nomination of its candidates, including the nomination of its candidates for office in case of any vacancy, (iv) provide for the nomination and election of its state, county, city, and district committees, and (v) perform all other functions inherent in political party organizations.

I am no election lawyer but I read these laws to say that if the Libertarian Party gets 10% in this election, the party will have the power to nominate candidates for local and state office without any expensive petition drives until at least 2017.  There is an interpretation that favors this right until 2021.

If you want to see the political system become more accountable and open, then vote for Robert Sarvis on November 5.








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)

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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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