Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Judge: Perry likely to win ballot access case

A federal judge in Richmond, Virginia opened the door to the possibility that Rick Perry and several other GOP primary contestants could gain access to Virginia's Republican primary ballot.
The court finds that there is a strong likelihood that the court will find the residency requirement for petition circulators to be unconstitutional. The authorities make clear that circulating petitions for candidates is a form of protected speech, and that the Commonwealth is a heavy burden to justify the restriction on speech by showing not only that the limitation achieves a valid state interest but also that the limitation is no broader in scope than necessary to achieve that purpose
Read the court's complete order issued earlier today in the case of Perry v. Judd. The court ordered the defendants to stop printing ballots and sending out absentee ballots until a final decision is made.

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