Friday, December 07, 2007

20 File for R.I. Presidential Primary

District 12 voters will have a lot of choice when it comes to Rhode Island's March 4 Presidential Primary. Ten Democrats and 10 Republicans filed Statements of Intent to run to run for their party's nomination by today's 4 p.m. deadline.

The Republicans are: Hugh Cort, Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, Duncan Hunter, Alan Keyes, John McCain, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Tom Tancredo and Fred Thompson.

The Democrats are: Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Chris Dodd, John Edwards, Mike Gravel, Dennis Kucinich, Barack Obama, Bill Richardson, Ray Stebbins and Rosemary Turner.

This is the first time since 1952 that there isn't an incumbent president or vice president in the race. That makes the 2008 primary more wide open than usual. With 20 candidates in the mix, we should see a bump in turnout. After all, with this many names on the ballot, there ought be no shortage of candidates for Rhode Islanders to get excited about. Here's a link to the info on the website.

The next & hardest task is for them to collect signatures to actually get their name on the ballot. That deadline is Dec. 26 when nomination papers with the signatures of at least 1,000 eligible Rhode Island voters must be handed in to the correct local canvassers. You may be any political party to sign these & may sign as many as you choose.

On Feb. 1 Secretary Mollis will hold a public lottery at the State House to determine the order in which the candidates will appear on the Democratic and Republican presidential primary ballots.

December holds one more crucial deadline. Rhode Islanders who are thinking about running for delegate to the Republican or Democratic (Tucson, Ariz.) political convention this summer have until this Mon., Dec. 10, to register to vote in order to be eligible to run March 4. You will also need to obtain signatures to appear on the ballot (150, I believe). Details on how each Party actually selects delegates AFTER the election should be available from state parties. I have the Dems not-quite-official rules if anyone is interested or you could e-mail Tim Grilo, the exec. Dir.

Every key date leading up to Rhode Island’s presidential primary is included in a 35-page guidebook
Mollis created to assist campaigns, candidates and voters with understanding Rhode Island election law.

Thanks to Chris Barnett, the Communications Director for Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis for sending me the preceeding. He is always quite generous with public info. It's nice to have a friend in ths business. He even did most of the writing. Kisses!
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