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Virginia’s law prohibiting out-of-state residents from circulating petitions for third-party presidential candidates is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

The unanimous decision by a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld U.S. District Judge John A. Gibney’s ruling last year that the residency requirement is an impermissible restraint on political speech.

A candidate for mayor of Urbana came out on top when he forced a lottery for the top position on the upcoming ballot. The Republican candidate learned that a lottery was required by state law but had not been held. Joined by the Green party candidate, he filed suit to force clerks to hold the lottery.

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