RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In a story July 3 about a Libertarian Party lawsuit challenging Virginia's ballot access laws, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the plaintiffs include nine former candidates. They are current candidates — one for U.S. Senate and eight for U.S. House of Representatives.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Libertarian Party challenges Va. ballot laws
Libertarian Party files lawsuit claiming Va. laws give major party candidates unfair advantage
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Libertarian Party and nine Virginia candidates have filed a lawsuit challenging state laws that they claim give Democrats and Republicans an unfair advantage in elections.
The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Richmond against the three-member Virginia State Board of Elections. Robert Sarvis, last year's Libertarian candidate for governor and its current candidate for U.S. Senate, is the lead plaintiff.
According to the complaint, Virginia's ballot access laws violate the Constitution's equal protection and freedom of association guarantees. Those state laws require minor party candidates to gather signatures on petitions to get on the ballot and place their names below those of major-party candidates on the ballot.
The state attorney general's office represents the elections board. Spokesman Michael Kelly said Thursday that the office hasn't received the lawsuit.