Forming the RI Republican Presidential Ballot
Republicans Mitt Romney, John McCain, Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul and Democrat Christopher Dodd have submitted enough signatures to appear on Rhode Island’s March 4 presidential primary ballots, according to local boards of canvassers.However, no Republican is an absolute lock to make the ballot as of this morning, because in the Rhode Island process, every signature requires two approvals; a “validation” at the local level and a “certification” at the state level. Every Republican still requires additional “certifications” from the Secretary of State’s office to reach the 1000-count level.
They join Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and Republican Rudy Giuliani, who had already amassed more than the required 1,000 validated signatures, the secretary of state’s office reported yesterday. The final step before appearing on the ballot requires the secretary of state to certify the signatures.
Other candidates might appear on the primary ballot. While the deadline for signatures was 4 p.m. yesterday, local boards have until Jan. 10 to validate signatures, and an unknown number of signatures have been submitted without being validated yet, said Chris Barnett, spokesman for Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis.
Does anyone familiar with the mechanics of electoral politics know if the two-step approval process is used in other states, and if it serves any purpose other than allowing machine politicians two shots at disqualifying their opponents?
Will Ricci has a bit more detail on “validation” versus “certification” at the Ocean State Republican website.