A three judge appeals court has issued a ruling that denies Rick Perry and other GOP candidates access to the Virginia ballot for the primary next March.
A federal appeals court in Virginia today denied an emergency request by Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich and other Republican presidential hopefuls who failed to qualify for the Virginia primary to be placed on the ballot.
After failing to get the required 10,000 signatures necessary to be placed on the ballot, the two candidates argued that Virginia's strict ballot law was unconstitutional.
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit agreed with a lower court and ruled today that the candidates had waited too long to file their suit.
The court ruled unanimously that Perry and the other candidates "had every opportunity to challenge the various Virginia ballot requirements at a time when the challenge would not have created the disruption that this last-minute lawsuit has."
The court said that if it had ruled in favor of Perry, then it would encourage other candidates for president "who knew the requirements and failed to satisfy them to seek at a tardy and belated hour to change the rules of the game."
The moral to this story: If you're going to run for president know the rules. Don't go crying to the courts when you're so disorganized you can't meet the ballot requirements.