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Libertarian Party files lawsuit in Virginia over ballot access

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May 16, 2012


RICHMOND, Virginia: On Monday, May 14, the Libertarian Party filed a lawsuit alleging that the state's residency laws requiring that people who circulate petitions be citizens of Virginia are unconstitutional. The American Civil Liberties Union, who filed the lawsuit on the party's behalf, says that circulating petitions for candidates is an integral part of the right to free speech. The case echoes a lawsuit filed earlier this year by presidential candidate Governor Rick Perry, he challenged a similar law in the state concerning primary elections. At that time U.S. District Judge John Gibney ruled against Gov. Perry because he filed the lawsuit too late in the election cycle, but did say that the residency requirement is probably unconstitutional.[1]

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