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Virginia Board Seeking Probe of Virgil Goode’s Ballot Signatures

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    Former Rep. Virgil Goode speaking near the Washington Monument during a 2007 rally sponsored by the Minutemen Project.

    The Virginia Board of Elections says it is seeking an investigation into ballot signatures involving the campaign of Constitution Party presidential candidate Virgil Goode.

    The former six-term congressman from Rocky Mount is gathering signatures to appear on the ballot in his home state. He's already on the ballot in more than a dozen other states.

    The Board on Monday voted unanimously to ask Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to investigate “suspected petition fraud” on forms submitted by the Constitution Party in its efforts to gain ballot access for Goode.

    A call to Goode's campaign headquarters wasn't immediately returned Monday night.

    Goode was elected to Congress as a Democrat before becoming an independent and later a Republican. In 2007, he lost his seat to former Democratic Rep. Tom Perriello.