Having failed to meet Virginia’s onerous ballot requirements, the campaigns of Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Gov. Jon Huntsman, and former Sen. Rick Santorum are joining Gov. Rick Perry’s lawsuit against Virginia’s board of elections.

To qualify for a spot on Virginia’s Republican primary ballot, campaigns had to submit 10,000 signatures from qualified voters, with 400 coming from each of Virginia’s 11 congressional districts. The candidates believe that certain provisions of the Virginia code are unconstitutional.

Only former Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Ron Paul submitted enough signatures to qualify for the ballot. (Bachmann, Huntsman and Santorum failed to submit signatures by the deadline, and though Perry and Gingrich submitted signatures, they also failed to qualify.)

The letter requests that the Board of Elections adds these Republican candidates to the ballot — noting the “unnecessary costs and expenses to the state and the parties.”

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is planning to file emergency legislation to ensure more Republican candidates make it onto the state’s ballot.

 

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