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Republican Speaks Out, Suing Party and Virginia Department of Elections

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Ivan Raiklin giving a speech in front of Montpelier Ivan Raiklin giving a speech in front of Montpelier
Ivan Raiklin giving a speech in front of Montpelier Ivan Raiklin giving a speech in front of Montpelier
ORANGE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

A man hoping to challenge Democratic U.S. Senator Tim Kaine is sounding off about his lawsuit against the Virginia Department of Elections and the Republican party.

Ivan Raiklin gave a short speech on the steps of James Madison's Montpelier Friday, May 4.

Raiklin believes he was unfairly excluded from absentee ballots that started on April 27. He says the executive director of the Republican Party undermined his campaign's right to a fair count of signatures.

"Right now the current system does not allow any sort of an appeal when there is a disqualification by an external entity within the system that's currently in place. For example, the Board of Elections - a state entity - does not allow appeals for say party candidates versus independent candidates," said Raiklin.

The GOP says there was no favoritism in the party's process.

Montpelier released a statement saying as a nonpartisan nonprofit, it does not permit candidates to use the site as a platform to express their views or further their campaign causes and interests.

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