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Would-be candidate gets no help from federal court

U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson has upheld a Virginia law that will keep a Spotsylvania County man from appearing on the 7th District congressional election ballot.

Herb Lux lives in the 1st District but wants to run for Congress in the 7th District, something he is allowed to do under the Virginia Constitution. But Virginia election law says the people who circulate ballot petitions must be from the district at issue. Because too many of his ballot signatures were gathered by Lux himself, the State Board of Elections denied him a spot on the ballot.

The Virginia law passes constitutional muster, Hudson ruled in an Aug. 26 opinion. “States have a well-settled interest in protecting the political process and to that end may enact regulations to safeguard against frivolous candidacies,” he wrote.

By Peter Vieth

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