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BREAKING NEWS: Goode qualifies for Va. ballot
Board of Elections rules today
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Former Congressman Virgil Goode has qualified to be on the presidential ballot in Virginia, the State Board of Elections ruled this morning, according to The Washington Post.
Goode, of Rocky Mount, submitted more than 20,500 signatures to the elections board, the Post reported. That is more than double the required 10,000 valid signatures.
According to the Post, the state Republican Party filed a challenge to Goode’s eligibility last week, claiming that too many of the signatures on his petitions were invalid.
However, The Associated Press reported today that the Board of Elections had rejected the Republican Party's questions about the signatures.
“Congressman Goode is on the ballot and his name was drawn to occupy the third position on the presidential ballot,” said Virginia SBE spokeswoman Nikki Sheridan, according to the Post. “The allegations of petition fraud against the Constitution Party have been forwarded to the Office of the Attorney General for investigation.”
Goode formerly represented the 5th District, which included Henry County and Martinsville, in Congress. He also previously served in the Virginia Senate.
He is running for president as the candidate of the Constitution Party.
See this site and Wednesday’s Martinsville Bulletin for more on this story.