Rick Perry files challenge to Virgina ballot access rules

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is filing a federal court challenge to Virginia’s ballot access rules on Tuesday in response to his failure to qualify for the state’s Republican presidential primary vote.

The legal action is in response to Perry not collecting the minimum 10,000 signatures to get on the ballot of the March 6th Republican primary.

“Virginia ballot access rules are among the most onerous and are particularly problematic in a multi-candidate election,” Perry campaign communications director Ray Sullivan said in a statement. “We believe that the Virginia provisions unconstitutionally restrict the rights of candidates and voters by severely restricting access to the ballot, and we hope to have those provisions overturned or modified to provide greater ballot access to Virginia voters and the candidates seeking to earn their support.”

The suit was filed by Perry’s campaign in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia according to the campaign. It challenges the “constitutional validity of the Virginia statute which regulates access to the ballot by primary candidates.”



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