Governor Rick Perry is challenging the constitutionality of the requirements to get on the ballot for the GOP primary in March through the courts. He’s taken his battle against the Commonwealth of Virginia in Federal court in Richmond.
Rick Perry is taking his fight to get on the Virginia primary ballot to the courts, challenging the constitutionality of the commonwealth’s “onerous” qualification requirements.
Only two of the Republican presidential candidates — Mitt Romney and Ron Paul — earned spots on the March 6 primary ballot by Friday’s filing deadline. State law requires a candidate to get 10,000 petition signatures statewide, including a certain number in each of the state’s congressional districts.
In a suit filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Perry’s camp argues that the state rules “unconstitutionally restrict the rights of candidates and voters by severely restricting access to the ballot.”
It cites legal precedent in striking down requirements for “unrealistic numbers of signatures,” and a prohibition on out-of-state petition circulators.
UPDATE: (10:30 a.m.) The post initially stated Governor Perry was suing the elections board at the Federal court here in Carlyle. I was wrong and the post has been corrected to reflect that.