Ironic Perry can’t get on Va. ballot
Copyright 2011: Houston Chronicle
Updated 08:14 p.m., Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Gov. Rick Perry has another “oops” on his hands, having failed to get on the ballot for the March 6 Virginia primary. His campaign submitted more than enough names to meet the 10,000-signature requirement, but it did not ensure that the people who collected the autographs were all registered voters or eligible to vote in the state, which is a requirement for the Virginia Republican primary.
Perry does not deny that he failed to meet the state statutory requirements, but that does not mean he is simply going to take it. Rather, Perry is suing in federal court to overturn this state decision. And for a 10th Amendment advocate like Perry, that’s like rain on his wedding day.
To win this case, Perry is going to need a judge willing to overturn state law. Dare we say, Perry will need an activist judge.
We think Perry should take this opportunity to reflect upon his antagonistic rhetoric toward federal courts.
The governor might also use this experience to contemplate the consequences of the overreaching voter ID law that he supported in the Texas Legislature. After all, that law threatens to place severe burden on voters’ freedoms of speech and risks prohibiting otherwise qualified voters from taking part in the democratic process.
We agree that Virginia’s ballot requirements are overly burdensome, and as a major candidate Perry does belong on the ballot. But Perry suing in federal court over strict state voter ID rules is exquisitely ironic.
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- Perry asks judge to order he be put on Va. ballot (sfgate.com)
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