President Barack Obama steps (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Organizing for America volunteers and Democratic Party of Virginia Chairman Brian Moran delivered 15,000 signatures to the state Friday to get Obama’s name on the Virginia ballot in 2012.

Candidates have until Dec. 22 to collect 10,000 signatures from across the state and another 400 from each congressional district.

“Today’s signature submission is yet another indication of the strength of the president's grassroots support in Virginia and the dedication of the staff and volunteers in our Virginia Democratic organizations,’’ Moran said.

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, who is planning a return trip to Virginia this month, has had staffers here to help collect signatures. Texas Gov. Rick Perry has recruited College Republicans for the task.

Obama will open a pair of offices in vote-rich Fairfax County and Newport News on Saturday. Richmond is already home to the campaign’s headquarters.

Obama supporters and volunteers will be joined by local Democratic officials for the grand openings. U.S. Reps. Gerry Connolly and Bobby Scott (D-Va.) will be at the events.

The campaign already has more than a dozen staffers in every region of the state, including Northern Virginia, some of whom have been here for more than two years through Organizing for America. It has held more than 2,000 grassroots trainings, planning sessions, house parties, voter registration drives and phone banks since April.

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