(The following was originally published in the Collegiate Times.)
You do not have to be a political science major to understand the patterns of elections in the United States.
The Republican and Democratic parties each nominate a candidate for a race and the two individuals run campaigns to prove they are the best fit for the job. This pattern, however, has been challenged for this year’s Commonwealth of Virginia general election, which will be held on Nov. 4, 2014.
For any third party candidate to qualify for a position on a Virginia Senate election ballot, they must draft a petition for candidacy and secure a minimum of 10,000 signatures. Additionally, 400 signatures are required from each of the eleven congressional districts in the state. Similarly, for any third party candidate to qualify for a position on a Virginia Congressional election ballot, they must secure at least 1,000 signatures.