Va. Congressional Candidate Challenges Petition Law

August 18, 2010

A Virginia congressional candidate is challenging a law that prohibited him from personally collecting signatures to get on the ballot.

Herb Lux of Spotsylvania County lives in the 1st Congressional District but wants to run in the 7th. Congressional candidates aren't required to live in the district in which they are running.

However, state law does say that only a qualified voter in the district can circulate petitions to get a candidate on the ballot. Lux collected most of his own thousand-plus signatures. The State Board of Elections refused to count them because he isn't a registered voter in the 7th District.

Lux wants a federal judge in Richmond to order the board to count the signatures. A hearing originally scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed until Monday.

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