CPV Statement Regarding "Suspected Fraud" on Petitions
August 7, 2012
The Constitution Party of Virginia (CPV) has not been notified of any investigation into petitions to place Congressman Virgil Goode on the Virginia Ballot for President of the United States. We do not know of any alleged improprieties, nor do we believe there are any that have been caused, encouraged, or knowingly tolerated by either CPV or the Goode campaign.
The idea that CPV or the Goode campaign would even tolerate any improper activities is ridiculous, for several reasons:
The most important reason that we are confident there are no improprieties related to anything CPV or the Goode campaign has done, encouraged, or knowingly tolerated is this: The State Board of Elections has in its hands, almost certainly, enough valid signatures to put Congressman Goode on the ballot. There is no reason to commit fraud when the campaign had enough collected properly.
We call on Governor McDonnell and the State Board of Elections to immediately complete and publicize the validation of the Goode petitions. We are confident this can be done this week, since of over 14,000 signatures turned in on July 16, over 8,300 have been validated by SBE. Over 4,000 more were turned in August 1. We believe a validation showing that the Goode campaign achieved what the Gingrich, Perry, and Santorum campaigns could not will also show there is no motive for fraud.
We call on Attorney General Cuccinelli to fully investigate every aspect of this allegation, including whether there was collusion between non-partisan election officials and partisan operatives, or partisan activities done independently by non-partisan election officials.
All Virginians, all Americans, and certainly the media, should be very interested in a quick and impartial resolution of this matter. Americans who do not belong to the two parties that have bankrupted this nation already have huge hurdles denying them equal access to the ballot, put in place by those very parties. We should not tolerate any efforts to further restrict access to the ballot to protect the establishment parties.
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