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December 27, 2011


Virginia GOP Had Not Checked Signatures Before

While it was embarrassing for Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry not to qualify the Virginia primary ballot, Richard Winger notes it was actually the first time petition signatures were actually checked.

"The only reason the Virginia Republican Party checked the signatures for validity for the current primary is that in October 2011, an independent candidate for the legislature, Michael Osborne, sued the Virginia Republican Party because it did not check petitions for its own members, when they submitted primary petitions. Osborne had no trouble getting the needed 125 valid signatures for his own independent candidacy, but he charged that his Republican opponent's primary petition had never been checked, and that if it had been, that opponent would not have qualified... The effect of the lawsuit was to persuade the Republican Party to start checking petitions. If the Republican Party had not changed that policy, Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry would be on the 2012 ballot."












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