In Virginia, only two candidates have qualified for the VA GOP primary election: Mitt Romney and Ron Paul. Why? Because the restrictions for ballot access make it nearly impossible for candidates to gain access, causing Bachmann, Santorum, and Huntsman to not even submit a petition and preventing Gingrich and Perry from getting enough signatures to qualify.
“Anyone who thinks requiring thousands of signatures to get on the ballot is compatible with a free society needs to research the history and justifications for these oppressive laws a bit more,” - Marc Montoni, the Secretary of the Libertarian Party of Virginia
It’s time to open the ballot in the United States to ensure that the election process serves the people rather than the ruling parties, special interests, and entrenched incumbents. -IVN contributor
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