Virginia AG Ken Cuccinelli Files Emergency Legislation to Put GOP Candidates on Primary Ballot

by 1389 on December 31, 2011

in 1389 (blog admin), 2012 US Elections, American South, U.S. law

UPDATE: Fox News: Virginia Attorney General Backs Off Call to Change Ballot Rules Before Primary

I say he is WRONG. When the law was intended to subvert our Constitutional rights, respecting the “rule of law” is simply fatuous. This law was put into place to help the GOP establishment, i.e., Romney, who has vastly more money than anybody else. Though that was not the intention, it also helped Ron Paul, who has all the Paulbots to do whatever needs to be done.

The way that the law was interpreted is also very questionable.

If Virginians were made of the same stuff they were made of in 1776, every lamppost would have its politician. Instead, it’s a mere suburb of Mordor on the Potomac. For shame.

Fox News has the story:

Virginia AG Intervenes in GOP Ballot Dispute as Blocked Candidates Join Suit

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is intervening in his state’s presidential primary dispute and plans to file emergency legislation to address the inability of most Republican presidential candidates to get their name on the ballot, Fox News has learned.

Meanwhile, four GOP candidates on Saturday joined fellow candidate Rick Perry’s lawsuit against the state, urging the Board of Elections to either allow them on the ballot or at least refrain from taking any action until a Jan. 13 court hearing.

Only Mitt Romney and Ron Paul qualified for the Virginia primary, a contest with 49 delegates up for grabs. Perry and the four candidates joining the lawsuit — Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman — did not.

The failure of other candidates to qualify led to complaints that the 10,000-signature requirement is too stringent.

Cuccinelli, who is a Republican, shared the concerns and plans to take them to the legislature while the candidates work through the courts.

“Recent events have underscored that our system is deficient,” he said in a statement Saturday. “Virginia owes her citizens a better process. We can do it in time for the March primary if we resolve to do so quickly.”

Cuccinelli’s proposal is expected to state that if the Virginia Board of Elections certifies that a candidate is receiving federal matching funds, or has qualified to receive them, that candidate will upon request be automatically added to the ballot.

Two former Democratic attorneys general are backing the move, along with a former Democratic state party chairman and a former Republican state party chairman.

Former state Attorney General Tony Troy called the Virginia process a “legal and constitutional embarrassment.” Fellow former top Virginia prosecutor Steve Rosenthal said: “This is not a Democratic or Republican issue. If it takes emergency legislation, then we need to do it.”
More here.

Here’s my earlier take on the Virginia GOP ballot debacle.

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