McAuliffe vetoes party affiliation bill

STATE-NEWSRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed legislation that would require candidates for local office be identified on ballots by their party affiliation. McAuliffe said Friday that the bill would inject partisanship into historically nonpartisan elections. The governor’s office said Virginia hasn’t required local candidates to be identified by party since written ballots were adopted in 1870. McAuliffe said lawmakers should not create new places for “partisan rancor” to “flourish.” The legislation barely passed in both chambers of the General Assembly and the governor’s veto is unlikely to be overturned.

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