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Goode: Ruling will not affect his campaign

Wednesday, August 1, 2012


Former congressman Virgil Goode said Tuesday that a judge’s determination that a Virginia election law is unconstitutional will not affect his candidacy for president.

U.S. District Judge John Gibney on Monday struck down a law that allowed only state residents to circulate petitions to get presidential candidates on the general election ballot.

Ruling in favor of the Libertarian Party of Virginia, Gibney said the restriction severely burdened the party’s freedom of speech and is not narrowly tailored to promote a compelling state interest.

Goode, who lives in Rocky Mount and formerly represented the 5th District in the U.S. House of Representatives, is the Constitution Party’s presidential candidate in the Nov. 6 election. He said the ruling will have no effect on his candidacy because everyone who has circulated petitions for him has been from Virginia, although he and some petitioners have gone out of state to gather some signatures from voters.

The law, as it stood, “was fine with me,” Goode said. However, he said that different states have different laws, and he thinks the judge probably looked at that factor in making his ruling.

Goode said he plans to submit about 4,000 more voter signatures to the Virginia State Board of Elections in Richmond today. That will give him about 18,000 signatures so far. He said he hopes to collect a total of more than 20,000 signatures by mid-August.

He only needed 10,000 signatures to be included on Virginia’s presidential ballot, he said, adding that the extra signatures will make up for any that are disqualified for various reasons, such as signers not being registered voters.

“We’re going to do all we can to make sure” his name is on the ballot, he emphasized.


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