|Board of Elections rejected the GOP’s questions about signatures|
Virgil H. Goode Jr.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
By MARTINSVILLE BULLETIN -
Former Congressman Virgil Goode has qualified to be on the presidential ballot in Virginia, the State Board of Elections ruled Tuesday morning, according to The Washington Post.
Goode of Rocky Mount submitted more than 20,500 signatures to the elections board, the Post reported. That is more than double the required 10,000 valid signatures.
The state Republican Party filed a challenge to Goode's eligibility last week, claiming that too many of the signatures on his petitions were invalid, according to the Post.
However, The Associated Press reported Tuesday that the Board of Elections had rejected the Republican Party's questions about the signatures.
"Congressman Goode is on the ballot and his name was drawn to occupy the third position on the presidential ballot," said Virginia SBE spokeswoman Nikki Sheridan, according to the Post. "The allegations of petition fraud against the Constitution Party have been forwarded to the Office of the Attorney General for investigation."
Goode formerly represented the 5th District, which includes Franklin County, in Congress. He also represented Franklin County in the Virginia Senate from 1973 to 1996.
He is running for president as the candidate of the Constitution Party.