McAuliffe calls for GOP lawsuit to be dismissed for paperwork | Govt. & Politics
By SARAH RANKIN – Associated Press
RICHMOND – Democrat Terry McAuliffe has asked a court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Republicans in Virginia seeking to remove him from the ballot in this year’s closely watched race for governor over an alleged paperwork error.
In a Friday night filing, lawyers for the former governor are now running for a second term against GOP candidate Glenn Youngkin, said the lawsuit was based on a “legal lie” and would effectively invalidate hundreds of thousands of votes cast during the Democratic primary.
The complaint filed earlier this week by the Virginia Republican Party against state election officials argued that McAuliffe should be excluded from the November general election due to his omission of his signature on an official form declaring his candidacy.
McAuliffe argued in his file that nothing in the Virginia code requires a candidate to sign the declaration of candidacy.
Further, the file stated: “Even if there was a technical flaw with the nomination paper – and there is none – it would not provide any basis for removing McAuliffe’s name from the general election ballot.” and prevent the voters of Virginia from choosing him as their next governor. . The declaration of candidacy is a prerequisite for registration on the ballot in primary elections, not general elections, and the primary elections have already ended. “