Virginia Absentee Ballots Delayed for Perry Lawsuit

Judge will rule on Friday

Virginia’s absentee primary ballots won’t be going out on time, as a federal judge hears arguments from four GOP presidential candidates excluded from those ballots.

U.S. District Judge John Gibney blocked the State Board of Elections from printing or distributing the absentee ballots until he rules on the suit this Friday. Virginia officials originally said the ballots would need to be printed Tuesday in order to be mailed 45 days before the election, as required by state law.

Texas Governor Rick Perry filed the original suit after the state informed his campaign that he would not be included on the ballot, because he failed to collect the 10,000 voter signatures required to qualify. Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman then joined the suit last week.

As of now, only Mitt Romney and Raul Paul will be on the ballot when Virginia’s primary is held on March 6, Super Tuesday.

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