A Richmond Circuit Court judge on Tuesday denied former Del. Joseph D. Morrissey’s injunction to prevent printing of the ballots for the June 9 Democratic primary, ruling that he did not have a right to appeal. The court’s decision further reduces Morrissey’s chances of seeking the Democratic nomination as a candidate for the 16th state Senate district.
Morrissey last week had appealed the Democratic Party’s decision to deny him ballot access and asked the court to stop the ballot printing until an additional 39 signature petitions could be reviewed and verified. He sought the injunction in the context of a complaint in which he asked for a review of 750 petition signatures the Democratic Party of Virginia rejected two weeks ago.
While the court denied Morrissey’s request for an injunction, his request for a review for the petitions is still pending — but it may not be resolved before the primary.