BREAKING: Judge rules “no” on lawsuit to expand VA primary ballots
It’s either Romney or Paul for you, Virginia. Jon Moseley:
UNCONSTITUTIONAL” but TOO LATE to do anything about it, was the ruling of United States District Court Judge John A. Gibney on January 10, 2012, in the Federal lawsuit filed by Governor Rick Perry. Perry sued in late December to appear on Virginia’s ballot, after only Mitt Romney and Ron Paul qualified for the Republican primary. Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Jon Huntsman “intervened” and joined the lawsuit.
Judge Gibney ruled that RIck Perry’s lawsuit is absolutely correct: Virginia’s restrictions on who may circulate ballot access petitions is UNCONSTITUTIONAL in light of prior U.S. Supreme Court precedent — see below.
However, the Judge ruled that he could not provide a “remedy’ to the other candidates, because they did not in fact submit 10,000 ballot petition signatures and it is simply too late in the process to be fixed.
Explained Virginia attorney Jonathon Moseley: “Had a candidate actually collected ballot petitions using out-of-state circulators, for example, and wanted those otherwise ineligible petitions to be counted, Judge Gibney clearly would have ordered those petitions to be counted. Judge Gibney would have stricken the requirement that circulators be Virginia residents. But now there simply isn’t time for candidates to run out and collect 10,000 ballot petitions, even if they use out of state circulators, free of the restriction that RIck Perry challenged.”
Judge Gibney’s final order can be downloaded at:
Feeling disenfranchised, those of you in VA who wanted to cast your vote for some other candidate? Sorry, them’s the (procedural) breaks. Besides, this is 21st century America. And in 21st century America our established parties like their processes streamlined.
Trust them. It’s for your own good.