Texas prisoner says he should be on 2012 ballot

Kyla Asbury Jul. 6, 2011, 3:33pm

CHARLESTON, W.Va. --A man in prison in the Beaumont Federal Correctional Institution is suing West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant after he claims his name should be added to the 2012 presidential primary ballot.

Keith Russell Judd, 53, was convicted in 1999 and sentenced to 210 months in federal prison for making threats at the University of New Mexico.

Judd wants to be declared a Democratic candidate for president of the United States in all presidential primary elections, according to a complaint filed May 12 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Judd claims all laws should be declared in conflict as unconstitutional under the U.S. Constitution and his name should be added to the ballot.

The State has repeatedly denied Judd's requests to be put on Democratic presidential primary ballots since 1994, according to the suit.

Judd claims the state obstructed or denied presidential primary election ballot placement in 2008, even after he timely paid filing fees, filed proper petitions and met all Article II qualifications under the U.S. Constitution.

Judd is seeking a preliminary injunction with regards to his placement on West Virginia's presidential primary election ballot. He is representing himself.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Charles E. King.

In the 2008 presidential primary election, Judd filed to run in 14 states, but only appeared on the ballot in Idaho, where he received 1.7 percent of the votes.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 11-C-774

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