Virginia Election Services Manager Dave Nichols has said it is too late for Delegate Nick Freitas to get on the ballot in November. From the Washington Post:
But there was some question about whether he could be placed on the ballot as a “replacement” in a race that never had a certified GOP candidate in the first place.
“All applicable deadlines have passed and the Department is not able to accept the form,” Election Services Manager Dave Nichols wrote.
Delegate Freitas will appeal to the State Board of Elections:
“I am not about to allow a Department in Richmond to disenfranchise the voters of the 30th District by denying the same ballot access they have granted to other candidates,” he said in a statement. “If that means mounting a successful write-in campaign in order to give the voters an option, then that is exactly what we will do.”
“The State Board has an opportunity on August 6th to vote to allow a Republican to be represented on the ballot,” Freitas wrote. “Anything less than that and they call into question years of precedent and open themselves up to the very real charge of putting partisan politics over the people of the 30th District.”