Rutherford Institute Files Lawsuit Against State Board of Elections

The Rutherford Institute files a First Amendment Lawsuit, challenging what they say are discriminatory election laws that favor major party candidates over independent and minor ones.

July 2, 2014

The Rutherford Institute has filed a First Amendment lawsuit in federal district court against the State Board of Elections.

Institute attorneys have asked the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to strike down Virginia’s law requiring Democrat and Republican candidates to be given the first and higher spots on ballots, thereby giving them an unfair advantage over other candidates, as well as requiring minor party and independent candidates to obtain numerous signatures in order to be listed on election ballots while exempting Democrat and Republican candidates.

“While voting is the very least that we are called to do as citizens, Americans are entitled under the Constitution to elect individuals to office capable of and willing to represent us, rather than being forced to choose from a limited field of individuals with the money and political backing to get on the ballot,” said John Whitehead, president of the Rutherford Institute.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Libertarian Party of Virginia, several Libertarian Party candidates and an independent (non-party) candidate for public office in the November 2014 general election.

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