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Ballot Suppression: You’re Doin’ It Wrong

Well this certainly isn’t ironic at all:

Following a hearing in Richmond today, U.S. district judge John Gibney ruled against Rick Perry’s challenge to the Virginia ballot rules.


The decision means Perry, as well as Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman, will not appear on the ballot in the state’s March 6 primary.

Perry and Gingrich failed to qualify for the ballot late last month after filing their signatures with the Virginia State Board of Elections, when the state GOP determined that neither candidate had enough valid signatures to meet the requirements. Only Mitt Romney and Ron Paul qualified to appear on the ballot with the required number of signatures: Huntsman and Santorum did not file at all.

Virginia requires 10,000 signatures from registered voters, including at least 400 signatures from each of the state’s congressional districts. The requirements are some of the most stringent in the country.

Perry challenged the constitutionality of the state’s ballot access rules in court on Dec. 27, calling them some of the “most onerous in the nation” and asserting that they “severely restrict who may obtain petition signatures.”

Shorter Rick Perry: “No, no, it’s supposed to be hard to get a ballot, not hard to get on a ballot!”

I love that Perry is finally getting a small taste of what discrimination feels like, even if he’s not smart or self-aware enough to see why it’s so funny.  Of course, unlike Perry’s own voter ID law, Virginia’s policy only discriminates against candidates who don’t have the organizational firepower to mount a strong presidential campaign.

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