Perry ballot petition rejected in Virginia
December 23rd, 2011
06:58 PM ET
11 years ago

Perry ballot petition rejected in Virginia

(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry will not appear on the Virginia primary ballot after submitting a petition that didn't meet the commonwealth's requirements, the Virginia Republican Party announced Friday.

In an announcement on their Twitter feed, the Virginia GOP wrote, "After verification, RPV has determined that Rick Perry did not submit the required 10k signatures and has not qualified for the VA primary."

Perry was one of four candidates who submitted ballot petitions Thursday to the Virginia State Board of Elections. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Texas Rep. Ron Paul and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also submitted petitions.

That left three current candidates, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, without a place on the Virginia ballot.

The state party spent Friday verifying that the submitted petitions met the requirements to appear on the ballot. The Virginia GOP said on their Twitter feed Friday that Romney and Paul had both submitted enough signatures to appear on the ballot.

Virginia requires candidates to submit petitions with 10,000 signatures from registered Virginia voters. Additionally, 400 signatures must come from voters in each of the commonwealth's eleven congressional districts.

Perry's campaign said in a statement they were looking at the decision closely.

"Despite aggressive efforts collecting thousands of Virginia signatures after Governor Perry's mid-August entry into the race, we were notified this evening of apparently falling short of the 10,000 voter signatures needed to qualify," Perry Communications Director Ray Sullivan said in a statement. "We will closely review the facts and law to determine whether an appeal or challenge is warranted."

He continued, "This is an isolated situation and does not impact Governor Perry qualifying for the ballot in every other state. Gov. Perry has the utmost respect for the strong place Virginia holds in our nation's economic and military strength and in American history. He will continue to work hard to build strong support in Virginia and earn the trust of conservative-minded voters there."

Virginia holds its Republican primary on March 6.

Filed under: 2012 • Rick Perry • Virginia
soundoff (215 Responses)
  1. Spock500

    Indeed. It's a shame that during his two gubernatorial campaigns in Texas his ballot had not been similarly rejected.

    December 23, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  2. Denise

    That's fair. Meet the requirements or you are not on the ticket. I'm sure there will be those that write him and others they support in. That just leaves it to the election officials to do the extra recording of write-in candidates. Apparently the GOP does not feel Virginia is worthy of campaigning in, or they assume it's a foregone conclusion they will win in VA.

    December 23, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  3. Mitch MileHigh

    Sorry...Perry is an i d i o t ! And yes...I'm a Rep.

    December 23, 2011 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  4. MaryM

    awwww. Did Perrys campaign mess up? Does not matter anyway, Perry is done.

    December 23, 2011 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  5. David

    i wonder how many sarah palin will get in signatures...

    December 23, 2011 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  6. Pat in IL

    I honestly wasn't sure that he is still a candidate, because I haven' t heard anything from him for so long. Is Michelle Bachman still on the list?

    December 23, 2011 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  7. GetReal

    So what? Ron Paul is the only candidate people care about right now.

    December 23, 2011 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  8. JO

    Thats what happens when NO ONE WANTS TO BE ON YOUR SIDE! Your crummy peition, like a page or two is from your corporate elitists.

    Now go to bed, old fart.

    December 23, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  9. Art

    This guy just does not get it. If he ever became President, which is doubtful, I'd rather give up my US Citizenship.

    December 23, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  10. SPLAT!~

    "Well lets see, there were three things I had to do to get on the ballot: Fill out paperwork, sign my name, and what was that third thing?".....Rick Perry

    December 23, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  11. klarg

    The "Texas Miracle" must not include "ciphering."

    December 23, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  12. sowhat

    Who cares? Ron Paul is the only one anybody cares about at this point.

    December 23, 2011 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  13. nintex

    I thought for a minute there they required a brain before you could be on their ballot. The lack of that would also disqualify him.

    December 23, 2011 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  14. fly


    stay in texas b i t c g

    December 23, 2011 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  15. Ryan

    Not that I like Perry, but this is the biggest crock of $@!$% I have ever heard of.

    December 23, 2011 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  16. Wicked Fairy

    Because it's Christmas, Perry should just ask Obama for some of his 'used' ballots of the names of all the doggies, kitty cats, bunnies, gerbils, and horsies he used in 2008. Obama doesn't need them because now he has millions of new ballots from Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, and Libya. Most of them are in their graves but that doesn't mater. Obami-the-Comi-in-Chief is their new world overlord.

    December 23, 2011 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  17. johnharry

    glad i left the grand old ways party

    December 23, 2011 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  18. navin johnson

    He did not pray hard enough to get on the ballot. He should have prayed to Joe Pesci instead. He gets things done!

    December 23, 2011 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  19. whocares

    So what? Ron Paul is the only important candidate now.

    December 23, 2011 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  20. EatYouAlive

    LOL. This is indicative of the republicans state of affairs.

    December 23, 2011 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  21. Anony

    "Oooops" – Rick Perry

    December 23, 2011 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  22. laughingalltheway

    Kudos to the people of Virginia. They got their act together....thus far.

    December 23, 2011 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  23. FU


    December 23, 2011 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  24. V.G.John

    I think it is time to reform the election process. Have all primaries on the same day in all states.
    whoever wins with majority of the vote should run against the other party's candidate. The current process in OLD

    December 23, 2011 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  25. sir_ken_g

    LOL. What a loser.

    December 23, 2011 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
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