Here's an interesting cavaet to add to the entire debacle that has lead to Newt Gingrich and three other Republicans from appearing on the Virginia GOP primary ballot. It turns out that Virginia requires you to give your registered address when signing the petition and that's what excluded a lot of signatures:
A Gingrich campaign official prior to the move by the RPV said the problem is how the rules are set up, arguing that the party is, for apparently the first time, cross-checking the addresses that signature-givers gave against the electronic voter database file for accuracies. A name without a proper address match was tossed, the official said.
“What one needs to ask is ‘what percentage of valid, registered voters self-identify a current address that matches voter rolls that the voter might not have updated since 2008”? Are you 100% certain that your address you and all of your neighbors matches current voter rolls? It strikes me that this is not an accurate means to identify registered voters signing for ANY candidate, not just Gingrich,” the official wrote.
Sound familiar? Well it should because this is pretty much the same thing as the voter ID requirements the GOP has been pushing throughout the country. The only problem is that this time it didn't get the minority or Democratic voters like they intended and instead cost them their own voters. That makes Newt's excuse I posted earlier a little more ironic: