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Virginia House Narrowly Passes Bill to Allow Write-ins in Primaries

http://www.ballot-access.org/2012/02/06/virginia-house-narro...

Why am I not surprised!! Newt getting some favors from his home state!! BS




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The GOP only cares about anybody winning except Ron Paul

Which is OK for a number of reasons.
1. More participants in each Caucus/Primary only delays Romney from acquiring the required delegates needed to automatically win the nomination.
2. Delay means we get more free high profile MSM coverage and exposure for a longer period of time. People are noticing the MSM blackout and most people know someone who supports RP.
3. Delegates are only important to secure the nomination. And the GOP will fight RP nomination to the bitter end. So yes we strive to acquire delegates it's not the only way to win. Our threat to go 3rd party becomes more powerful each week.
4. The GOP can't win without us. Our threat to either receive the nomination or go 3rd party becomes more powerful each week.
4. In the actual election it's votes that count and we are attracting more Independents, Republicans and Democrats each week. And this is where we can really impact the results.
(IMHO)

"A vote for the lesser of two evils is a vote to keep things the same", Buckminster Fuller..
A choice for liberty is always a choice for liberty.

I thinks the ballots are printed already

with no provision for write-in area on the ballot.

With less than 30 days before that Primary I dont see it passing the Senate and Governor with enough time to implement something.

It is my belief

that many of the electronic machines are already set up to give Romney a percentage of Santorum's votes and Gingrich a percentage of Paul's votes and there is no way to fix the issue before the primary this is why Iowa vote was turned over after a recount and they will have a hard time explaining how Gingrich got votes if he is not on the Virginia ballot.

Nowhere

In the Bill Text does it specify a date of when it takes effect. So they can actually enact it immediately if the senate passes it and the Romney supporting Governor signs it.

HOUSE BILL NO. 1132
House Amendments in [ ] – February 2, 2012
A BILL to amend and reenact §§ 24.2-529 and 24.2-644 of the Code of Virginia, relating to elections and primary ballots.
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Patron Prior to Engrossment--Delegate Cole
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Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
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Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That §§ 24.2-529 and 24.2-644 of the Code of Virginia are amended and reenacted as follows:

§ 24.2-529. Primary ballots.

The primary ballots for the several parties taking part in a primary shall be composed, arranged, printed, delivered, and provided in the same manner as the general election ballots except that at the top of each official primary ballot shall be printed in plain black type the name of the political party and the words "Primary Election." The names of the candidates for various offices shall appear on the ballot in an order determined by the priority of the time of filing for the office. In the event two or more candidates file simultaneously, the order of filing shall then be determined by lot by the electoral board or the State Board as in the case of a tie vote for the office. No write-in shall be permitted on ballots in primary elections.

§ 24.2-644. Voting by paper ballot; voting for presidential electors; write-in votes.

A. The qualified voter shall take the official paper ballot and enter the voting booth. After entering the voting booth, the qualified voter shall mark immediately preceding the name of each candidate for whom he wishes to vote a check (√m) or a cross (X or +) or a line (-) in the square provided for such purpose, leaving unmarked the square preceding the name of each candidate for whom he does not wish to vote. Any ballot marked so that the intent of the voter is clear shall be counted.

B. The qualified voter at a presidential election shall mark the square preceding the names and party designation for his choice of candidates for President and Vice President. His ballot so marked shall be counted as if he had marked squares preceding the names of the individual electors affiliated with his choice for President and Vice President. The qualified voter at a presidential election may cast a write-in vote for President and Vice President as provided in subsections C and D of this section.

C. At all elections, except primary elections [ but including only those primary elections for which the duly constituted authorities of the political party conducting the primary have authorized write-in votes, ] it shall be lawful for any voter to vote for any person other than the listed candidates for the office by writing or hand printing the person's name on the official ballot. No check or other mark shall be required to cast a valid write-in vote. Write-in votes for President and Vice President shall be counted only for candidates who have filed a joint declaration of intent to be write-in candidates for the offices with the Secretary of the State Board not less than ten days before the date of the presidential election. The declaration of intent shall be on a form prescribed by the State Board and shall include a list of presidential electors pledged to those candidates which equals the whole number of senators and representatives to which the Commonwealth at that time is entitled in the Congress of the United States. A write-in vote cast for candidates for President and Vice President, or for a candidate for President only, shall be counted for the individual electors listed on the declaration of intent as pledged to those candidates.

D. No write-in vote shall be counted unless the name is entered on the ballot in conformance with this section. No write-in vote shall be counted when it is apparent to the officers of election that a voter has voted for the same person for the same office more than one time. No write-in vote shall be counted for an office for any person whose name appears on the ballot as a candidate for that office. If two or more persons are to be elected to the same office, a voter may vote for one or more persons whose names do appear on the ballot and one or more persons whose names do not appear on the ballot, provided that the total number of votes cast by him for that office does not exceed the number of persons to be elected to that office.

End of Article

"If this bill passes, it would not take effect in time for the March 6 presidential primary, in which only Mitt Romney and Ron Paul are on the ballot, with no write-in space."....assuming this part is true, there will be no write ins in this primary either way

De criminalize Liberty!

I don't think it will make a difference.

The last paragraph in the article states: "If this bill passes, it would not take effect in time for the March 6 presidential primary, in which only Mitt Romney and Ron Paul are on the ballot, with no write-in space."

So its nothing to worry about :)

Well

That's good, im just sick of the BS

Looks like he is golden in Missouri, too.

The "Show Me" state decided Newt could show them how to get around it.

This is the article that got my posting privileges revoked:
http://bklim.newsvine.com/_news/2013/05/12/18212165-dr-stan-...

No Worries -- Take Note Of The Last Paragraph

"If this bill passes, it would not take effect in time for the March 6 presidential primary, in which only Mitt Romney and Ron Paul are on the ballot, with no write-in space."

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