Perry Asks Judge To Order He Be Put On Virginia Ballot

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry filed an emergency order Wednesday in federal court requiring Virginia’s Board of Elections to place his name on the ballot for the state Republican presidential primary.

Perry failed last week to meet Virginia’s requirements that each candidate receive 10,000 signatures of registered voters, with 400 from each of its 11 congressional districts. On Tuesday, he filed a lawsuit against the State Board of Elections and Republican Party of Virginia Chairman Pat Mullins.

On Wednesday, Perry filed an emergency motion in U.S. District Court in Richmond asking for an injunction ordering the State Board of Elections to include his name on the ballot for the March 6 primary. He asked the judge to make a decision soon because the deadline to print ballots was in the next few weeks.

Newt Gingrich as well as Perry came short of the signatures required to be certified as candidates. Only former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas met the requirement. Other candidates did not submit signatures.

Perry claims Virginia’s requirements are unconstitutional because they violate his freedoms of speech and association. He also challenges the part of Virginia’s law that says signatures must be gathered by a state resident, claiming that the requirements “restrict the number of message carriers” and even prevents him from soliciting signatures for his own campaign.

Perry claimed the “overly burdensome and unconstitutional requirements” prevented him from collecting enough signatures to be certified as a candidate. He submitted 6,000 signatures on the Dec. 22 deadline.

“The Commonwealth will not be harmed by the issuance of an injunction against the enforcement of the state-residency requirement,” the motion reads. “Indeed, the only harm that Commonwealth will suffer is in being restrained from maintaining a law that is likely to be found unconstitutional. Plaintiffs, on the other hand, are likely to suffer irreparable injury.”

Perry also asked that a judge prevent the board from drawing names to determine placement on the ballot, but that occurred during a meeting earlier Wednesday. Paul’s name will appear above Romney’s on the ballot.

The board referred all questions to the Attorney General’s Office, which did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

Mullins, the state GOP chairman, said he was simply doing his job.

“As chairman, my responsibility is to certify candidates who meet the ballot access requirements set forth in Virginia statutes,” he said in a statement Wednesday. “I complied with Virginia law by certifying the candidates who met the statutory requirements by 5 p.m. yesterday”

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • WeArentAllLikeYou

    Is this guy for real?!? Looks like ole ricky’s good-ole-boy backroom dealings that have thus far lubricated his way to millionaire-and-prosperity-ville don’t fly on the national scene. What a baby. I think it’s about time for a RECALL.

  • Scott

    He’s all about states rights until they effect him. What a punk.

  • zen_mantid

    Interesting. While touting and advocating states’ rights, he wants a federal court to force Virginia to abrogate its own constitution and state’s rights to accommodate and arrogant and incompetent presidential candidate who failed to fulfill the state’s constitutional requirements for candidacy in the the state’s GOP primary.

    Pour baby. Two-face jerk!

  • altha

    Rick Perry, What you did in the State of Texas was overly burdensome and unconstitutional, trying to prevent seniors citizens and young college kids from voteing. Rick Perry is a very ignorant man he put laws in place in the State of Texas to hurt the poor, but what he haven’t realize is what GOES-AROUND-COMES- BACK ROUND and when it does it comes SEVEN FOLDS read your Bible.

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