Friday, September 21, 2012

Virgil Goode investigation keeps him on Virginia ballot

The Republican Party of Virginia went before the Virginia State Board of Elections August 6 charging Constitution Party candidate Virgil Goode of Franklin County with suspicion of improperly obtained petition signatures in an attempt to kick him off the presidential ballot. The feared he would take critical votes from Republican candidate Mitt Romney. The SBE asked the Attorney General’s Office to investigate.

The press release from Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli:

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has completed his investigation of the petitions of Constitution Party presidential candidate Virgil H. Goode and has concluded that, while there may have been certain irregularities, nothing he examined would prevent Goode from being certified for the Virginia ballot in the upcoming November presidential election.

It is not uncommon to find some irregularities in candidate petitions that contain thousands of signatures. Regardless of any such irregularities, the candidate had enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot. Therefore, the attorney general has concluded that the State Board of Elections was correct in certifying Goode for inclusion in the Virginia presidential ballot.

“We call them like we see them,” said Cuccinelli.

On September 4, 2012, at a meeting of the Virginia State Board of Elections, pursuant to Va. Code § 24.2-104, the board requested that the attorney general investigate the statements from an August 30th letter submitted to it that challenged the inclusion of Goode on the Virginia presidential ballot, based on alleged petition irregularities. The board had also previously requested on August 6th that the attorney general investigate certain other alleged petition irregularities related to Goode’s candidacy.

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Election 2012, Elections, National, Politics

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