Rick Perry sues to be added to ballot in Virginia

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

After failing to provide enough voter signatures to make it on to the primary ballot in Virginia, Republican presidential candidate and Texas Gov. Rick Perry is resorting to suing the state.

Perry’s campaign on Tuesday filed suit in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, seeking to have the ballot access requirements in Virginia struck down as unconstitutional.

Virginia requires candidates to provide 10,000 signatures of valid voters. Only former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Rep. Ron Paul met the requirement.

It’s viewed as a major problem for both Perry and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who also didn’t make it on to the ballot.

The lawsuit lists the members of the Virginia State Board of Elections and the chairman of the Virginia Republican Party as defendants.

“Virginia ballot access rules are among the most onerous and are particularly problematic in a multi-candidate election,” said Perry spokesman Ray Sullivan. (RELATED: Full coverage of Rick Perry)

His campaign is arguing that voters and candidates have rights under the First Amendment and 14th Amendment that the Virginia law infringes upon.

The campaign also claims the Virginia Republican Party can instruct the Virginia Board of Elections to disregard the signature requirements.

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