Editor: The Republican Party of Virginia is seeking a special exemption from the State Board of Elections for Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33) after his paperwork to run for another term was submitted two days after the filing deadline.
In the past, the Elections Board has made special allowances for many paperwork errors. In April, after years of complaints about late filings, the State Elections Board barred eight potential candidates (six Democrats and two Republicans) from participating in the June primaries due to paperwork errors and/or late filings.
Earlier this year, the State Elections Board gave explicit warnings to both parties that the June submission deadline would be enforced. Virginia election law gives no exception to the filing deadline. The GOP broke this law by not submitting LaRock’s candidacy by the deadline. However, on June 22, they made a request for a special exemption and the Elections Board has agreed to take up their case by the end of this month.
The candidacy filing deadline requirement law was created to be applied to everyone regardless of party or affiliation. Like most election laws, its enforcement is necessary to encourage and maintain a well-ordered democracy.
It will be educational to see if the Elections Board upholds its current standard and rejects the LaRock request, or gives in once confronted with the influence and power of the Virginia Republican Party. One can hope that democracy will prevail but in America’s current political environment nothing is assured, most especially our democracy.
Tammy Cummins, Leesburg