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Virginia Libertarians sue state over petition circulators

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June 15, 2010

By Kyle Maichle

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia: The Libertarian Party of Virginia on June 3, 2010, filed a lawsuit in the Eastern District of Virginia federal court against the Virginia State Board of Elections[1].

Virginia Libertarians are suing the State Board of Elections over what they feel are rigid residency rules on petition circulators. Attorneys for the Virginia Libertarians feel that it is unconstitutional for the state to require any circulator who distributes petitions for a district-level candidate to reside in the given district[1].

The Virginia case is the latest lawsuit filed against a state election authority over rules governing petition circulators. Other lawsuits are currently pending in California, Colorado, Kansas, and Nebraska. On April 9, 2010, a judge ruled that Idaho's rules on circulators were unconstitutional. Idaho became the eleventh state in the last ten years to see some form of their laws on petition circulators struck down in a court of law[1].