Virginia GOP Primary Field About To Expand
By Dell Hill
From the Foundry, the judge has issued a five-page order signalling the likely disposition of one aspect of the suit:
There is a strong likelihood that the Court will find the residency requirement for petition circulators to be unconstitutional. The authorities make clear that circulating petitions for candidates is a form of protected speech, and that the Commonwealth has a heavy burden to justify the restriction on speech by showing not only that the limitation achieves a valid state interest but also that the limitation is no broader in scope than necessary to achieve that purpose. As in all strict scrutiny cases, the state has a difficult task to demonstrate the propriety of its limitation on protected speech. For this reason, the Court believes that the plaintiffs have a substantial likelihood of succeeding on the merits, at least on the issue of the validity of the residency requirement.
Dell's Bottom Line:
All things considered, this ruling is a good thing. I've said from the start "Let The Voters Decide" and that, it seems, is what will happen.