Virginia GOP Files Major Lawsuit

The Republican Party of Virginia on Thursday filed a lawsuit to remove Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe from the November ballot, alleging that his election paperwork failed to meet the official guidelines due to a missing signature, according to The Richmond Times-Dispatch.

The state GOP filed the lawsuit in the Richmond Circuit Court, arguing that McAuliffe failed to sign his “declaration of candidacy” form, which is a part of the process in qualifying for the primary and general election ballot in the Commonwealth. The lawsuit also alleges that two McAuliffe staffers who attested to witnessing McAuliffe sign the form made false statements.

The form was submitted in early March and McAuliffe, who previously served as governor from 2014 to 2018, easily won the Democratic gubernatorial primary in June.

An attorney for the Virginia GOP argues in a 20-page brief that the omission in the paperwork and constitutional rights violations “infect [McAuliffe’s] Declaration with illegality and therefore make it invalid.”

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