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“Their signatures are obtained by telling them that they are doing one thing and then their signature has been used for another purpose,” argued Justin Sheldon, an attorney for the plaintiffs. “So your testimony was that if they had actually been told what they would be used for, they definitely would not have signed these pieces of paper.”
The judge agreed with plaintiffs that 11 of West’s 13 voters were invalid and were inappropriately or fraudulently obtained.
On Tuesday, Perkins sued Coie, a law firm with ties to several prominent Democrats, in Richmond Circuit Court on behalf of two people who alleged they had been tricked into registering as voters. It is expressly alleged that at least four of the signatures were collected under false pretenses.
“The defendants have a legal obligation to ensure that only the names of candidates who meet the requirements of Virginia law are included on the Commonwealth of Virginia ballot papers,” the lawsuit said.
Herring requested an emergency hearing the next day, saying Virginia “will not tolerate any election fraud.”
“Similarly, this court has had little patience with keeping candidates on the ballot who have used underhanded and fraudulent tactics to steal a spot on the ballot,” Herring said on Wednesday.
West, who announced his bid for the presidency on July 4th, has voted in states including Minnesota, Arkansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Utah, and Vermont. Republican activists have been linked to his attempts to vote in at least five states, according to the Washington Post.