Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein also made the ballot on Tuesday.
Third-party hopefuls rarely garner many votes in Virginia, but Goodeâ€™s status as a longtime officeholder â€” he spent 12 years in Congress and 24 years in the state Senate before that â€” could bring him more support than usual. Just 2 or 3 percent of the vote going to Goode could be enough to swing the contest.
Goode submittedÂ more than 20,500 signatures to the election board, far more than required. State law requires third-party candidates for president to submit 10,000 valid signatures, including at least 400 from each of Virginiaâ€™s 11 congressional districts. Goode gotÂ significant helpÂ collecting signatures from the Independent Green Party, which assisted Goode because he supports the partyâ€™s top issue â€” more spending for passenger rail.
But the Virginia GOPÂ filed a challengeÂ last week arguing that too many of Goodeâ€™s signatures are invalid. Republicans in Pennsylvania knocked Goode off the ballot in that state last month.
â€œCongressman Goode is on the ballot, and his name was drawn to occupy the third position on the presidential ballot,â€ said Virginia election board spokeswoman Nikki Sheridan. â€œThe allegations of petition fraud against the Constitution Party have been forwarded to the office of the attorney general for investigation.â€
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli IIâ€™s office declined to comment on the status of the probe, but Virginia Republicans made clear Tuesday that the issue is far from settled.