A Virginia judge has rejected an attempt by Texas Gov. Rick Perry and other Republican presidential hopefuls to challenge the constitutionality of the state's rules governing ballot access, citing the timeliness of the case.
In a suit filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia last month, Perry's camp had argued that state rules "unconstitutionally restrict the rights of candidates and voters by severely restricting access to the ballot."
At issue is state law that requires a candidate to get 10,000 petition signatures statewide, including a certain number in each of the state's congressional districts. Those signatures can be gathered only by Virginia residents.
Perry's challenge cited legal precedent for striking down requirements for "unrealistic numbers of signatures," and a prohibition on out-of-state petition circulators.