VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Independent candidate for Congress Shaun Brown will not be included on the ballot in the second congressional district based on a state judge’s ruling on Monday.
This comes after the Democratic Party of Virginia filed a lawsuit in August to get Brown removed from the ballot. Democrats said they had received 35 sworn affidavits from people saying they or their family members never signed the petition to help get Brown on the ballot, and it was later discovered that Republican Congressman Scott Taylor’s campaign helped in the efforts to get Brown on the ballot.
The ballots will include Scott Taylor and Elaine Luria and not Brown because a Richmond Circuit Court Judge said there was a pattern of fraud and mistakes on petitions to get Brown included.
Brown appealed the decision and that appeal is now over at the state level, meaning she will not appear on the ballot.
The judge wrote, “any appeal at this point would drastically delay and disrupt the Commonwealth’s ability to comply with federal election law.”