The Virginia Green Party (which is affiliated with the national Green Party) is preparing to get on the 2008 ballot for president. Virginia is one of the eleven “bad” states in which an unqualified party can’t get on the ballot, except by means of a petition that lists a candidate. Fortunately, Virginia allows stand-ins. The Green Party won’t know who its presidential candidate will be until its national convention, July 10-13, in Chicago. So the Virginia Green Party will list Jared Ball as its presidential candidate. If he is not nominated in Chicago in July, he will resign and the state party will be permitted to substitute the actual candidate.