On August 23, U.S. District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson, a Bush Jr. appointee, ruled from the bench in Lux v Rodrigues, upholding a Virginia law that says circulators for a U.S. House candidate may not work outside their home district. On August 26, he issued this written opinion.
On August 27, the plaintiffs filed an appeal with the 4th circuit.
The U.S. District Court decision completely misses the point that the restriction violates the circulator’s free speech rights. The decision does not talk about circulator’s rights. It says the law is necessary to keep the ballot from being too crowded. The decision ignores the evidence that no U.S. House race in Virginia history has ever had more than six candidates on a government-printed general election ballot. Thanks to Gary Sinawski for the news.