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U.S. District Court orders VA Board of Elections not to order/print ballots (Perry v VA SBoE)
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of VA ^ | January 10, 2012 | Honorable John A. Gibney, Jr.

Posted on 01/11/2012 9:31:14 AM PST by BuckeyeTexan

In a five-page order yesterday, Judge Gibney of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, wrote:

The Court finds that there is a strong likelihood that the Court will find the residency requirement for petition circulators to be unconstitutional.

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If absentee ballots are printed, and particularly if they are mailed, it will impair the Court's ability to enter an order granting relief to the plaintiffs. They are presidential candidates and will have no chance to secure the delegates from Virginia at the Republican convention. The harm to them would obviously be irreparable.

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The defendants point out that they will be hampered in getting the ballots out if they have to wait until after the hearing set on January 13, 2012, before printing ballots. (...) The incremental inconvenience to electoral officials is heavily outweighed by the public interest in the voting rights of citizens.

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According to counsel for the defendants, local electoral boards order their own ballots from printing companies. Of course, the local boards are not parties to this suit, and are not subject to the Court's jurisdiction. The Court, therefore, has ordered the members of the State Board of Elections to send instructions to the local boards not to distribute ballots until after January 13, 2012. The Court has also ordered the defendants to instruct the local boards not to order ballots, if they have not already done so.

Read the full opinion at the link.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: disenfranchisement; gingrich; huntsman; perry; potus2012; santorum; virginia

1 posted on 01/11/2012 9:31:21 AM PST by BuckeyeTexan
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To: BuckeyeTexan

I could not include all of the candidates’ names in the title, but Gingrich, Huntsman, and Santorum joined the suit with Perry.


2 posted on 01/11/2012 9:33:13 AM PST by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: shield; TitansAFC

ping


3 posted on 01/11/2012 9:34:57 AM PST by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Just a minute here....

This could be a GOOD thing.

This could finally show the ANTI-ROMNEY vote, in a one-on-one matchup


4 posted on 01/11/2012 9:35:37 AM PST by Mr. K (Physically unable to profreed <--- oops, see?)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Thank you Judge Gibney. At last, a rational adult judgement from a court.


5 posted on 01/11/2012 9:35:37 AM PST by Rapscallion (Do not even call him "president"...."Mister" will be more accurate.)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

That’s good news!


6 posted on 01/11/2012 9:40:43 AM PST by alicewonders ((GO PERRY!))
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Santorum and Huntsman didn’t even bother gathering petitions.


7 posted on 01/11/2012 9:46:23 AM PST by kabar
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To: kabar

I read that Santorum did try, but came up short, so he didn’t submit. Someone on a thread said he had about 9000 signatures.

I don’t remember Huntsman doing anything, but putting him on the ballot is a small price to pay to get our conservatives on the ballot.


8 posted on 01/11/2012 9:59:41 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: CharlesWayneCT
Not so on Santorum. I learned that at our monthly GOP county meeting last night. Bachmann and Huntsman didn't try either. The Romney and Paul folks were here months ago collecting signatures at our monthly meetings. We have over 600 members. Newt actually lives in our county but never sent folks to collect signatures.

There are real problems ahead for Santorum and Gingrich because they have failed to establish good on the ground grassroots organizations to get out the vote. Debating may win points in the polls, but getting people to the voting booths wins elections. I don't see Gingrich winning in VA even if he gets on the ballot. I am no fan of Ron Paul, but he has built a very effective grassroots organization here in VA. Unfortunately, he will do well the primary, which is open.

9 posted on 01/11/2012 10:11:47 AM PST by kabar
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To: BuckeyeTexan

The rules-is-rules-is-rules contingent is very saddened.


10 posted on 01/11/2012 10:15:33 AM PST by COBOL2Java (Virginia GOP: Romney's favorite butt boys)
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To: Mr. K; All
One-on-one? Nope. Newt, Santorum and Huntsman are also plaintiffs in the suit even though only Newt and Perry submitted disqualified slates of signatures.

If Perry's on the ballot as a result, Newt will be too. With no signatures submitted, I don't see how Huntsman and Santorum get on the ballot.

11 posted on 01/11/2012 10:16:04 AM PST by newzjunkey (Just say no to the big gov't, neocon, socon statist.)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

"Bolling, what's that judge doing? Your boys at the Board of Elections told Ron and me that everything was taken care of! Never mind! I'm sending McCain down there - it'll get him outta my hair. If those other jerks are gonna be on the ballot, let John make some speeches for me!"


12 posted on 01/11/2012 10:32:12 AM PST by COBOL2Java (Virginia GOP: Romney's favorite butt boys)
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To: COBOL2Java

“The rules-is-rules-is-rules contingent is very saddened.”

Unless the rules were changed in mid-stream.


13 posted on 01/11/2012 10:33:25 AM PST by Parley Baer
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To: mrreaganaut

legal ping


14 posted on 01/11/2012 10:43:04 AM PST by reaganaut (If Romney is a conservative then I’m the frickin Angel Moroni.)
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To: newzjunkey

I would guess that to get on the ballot a candidate would have to show that the residency requirement for petition circulators inhibited them.


15 posted on 01/11/2012 10:54:39 AM PST by Quicksilver (nominate Rick Perry - defeat Obama - overhaul Washington!)
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To: COBOL2Java

Romney Rocks......is that like a new pet rocks craze...?


16 posted on 01/11/2012 11:01:48 AM PST by spokeshave (Ron Paul finally lit a match after dousing himself with gasoline)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; jonrick46; deepbluesea; TexMom7; potlatch; SunkenCiv; wolfcreek; BuckeyeTexan; ...
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17 posted on 01/11/2012 11:17:08 AM PST by shield (Rev 2:9 Woe unto those who say they are Judahites and are not, but are of the syna GOG ue of Satan.)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

How else will Perrywinkle get his <1% if he’s not on the ballot?!


18 posted on 01/11/2012 9:43:36 PM PST by PAConservative1
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