Perry campaign to sue Virginia to get on 2012 ballot

Reuters News
Posted: Dec 27, 2011 11:13 PM
Perry campaign to sue Virginia to get on 2012 ballot

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Texas Governor Rick Perry's campaign said it will file suit against Virginia to get on the state's 2012 primary election ballot after failing to qualify, U.S. media reported on Tuesday.

Perry failed to get the 10,000 verifiable signatures required to be in the Virginia primary. The Perry campaign said the qualification process was unconstitutional and it would sue to be added to the ballot.

"We believe that the Virginia provisions unconstitutionally restrict the rights of candidates and voters by severely restricting access to the ballot," Perry campaign spokesman Ray Sullivan said in a statement, ABC reported.

"We hope to have those provisions overturned or modified to provide greater ballot access to Virginia voters and the candidates seeking to earn their support," the statement said.

The Virginia Republican Party said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a Virginia resident, also failed to meet the Virginia qualification requirement.

Three other members of the Republican field trying to unseat Democratic President Barack Obama - former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum - did not meet the Thursday deadline for submitting petitions.

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and Texas Congressman Ron Paul qualified for the March primary in Virginia.

(Reporting By JoAnne Allen; editing by Todd Eastham)