McAuliffe strikes GOP lawsuit to be dismissed for paperwork | Authorities & Politics
This July 15, 2021 file photo shows former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe (right) and US MP Elaine Luria, D-Va., While touring Norfolk State University.
Associated Press, File July
By SARAH RANKIN – Associated Press
RICHMOND – Democrat Terry McAuliffe called on a court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Virginia’s Republicans to remove him from the vote over an alleged paperwork error in this year’s closely watched race for governor.
In a file on Friday evening, attorneys for the former governor, who is now running for a second term against GOP candidate Glenn Youngkin, said the lawsuit was based on a “legal lie” and would attract hundreds of thousands of votes cast in the Democratic primary, void.
The complaint against state election officials filed earlier this week by the Republican Party of Virginia argued that McAuliffe should be banned from running in the November general election because his signature was omitted on an official form declaring his candidacy.
McAuliffe argued in his filing that nothing in the Virginia Code requires a candidate to sign the candidacy.
The file goes on to say: “Even if there were a technical defect in the candidacy – and there is not – it would not provide a basis for removing McAuliffe’s name from the parliamentary ballot and preventing Virginia’s voters from doing so. elect him as their next governor. The candidacy is a prerequisite for inclusion on the voting slip in the area code, not in the federal election, and the area code has already been completed. “