Virginia State Board of Elections Says Libertarian Presidential Petition Has Enough Valid Signatures, but Virginia Republican Party Disputes That

On August 22, the Virginia State Board of Elections notified the Libertarian Party of Virginia in an e-mail that the party has enough valid signatures, statewide and in each district. Furthermore, two days later, the Libertarians turned in even more signatures.

However, on August 31, an attorney representing the Republican Party of Virginia notified the Board that the party believes the vast majority of the Libertarian petition signatures are invalid. Virginia has no procedure for any outside group to challenge a finding of elections officials that a petition is sufficient. If the Virginia Republican Party wishes to dispute the finding of the Board, it must sue the Board. The Libertarians had turned in approximately 16,000 signatures. The law requires 10,000, with 400 in each U.S. House district.

The State Board also said recently that Virgil Goode of the Constitution Party has enough valid signatures. The State Board apparently hasn’t told the Green Party yet whether or not it has enough valid signatures.

4 comments

  1. Bunch of thieves.

  2. Bill Wood · · Reply

    Interesting, guess they don’t know that each signature is cross checked with voter rolls by State Board Officials.

  3. @2 don’t be so sure, many of my friends work on campaigns and the Libertarians who want to get Johnson on the ballot in PA may run int some roadblocks. Especially when almost an entire signature sheet had residents listed in New Jersey on it.

  4. […] although what the SBE will (or can) do is somewhat mysterious. As ballot-law expert Richard Winger noted in Ballot Access News last week, “Virginia has no procedure for any outside group to challenge a finding of elections […]

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