The ruling by Richmond Circuit Judge Joi Taylor granted a temporary injunction after finding that 11 of the elector oaths submitted by West “were obtained by improper, fraudulent and/or misleading means or are otherwise invalid because of notarial violations and misconduct.”
Taylor’s order barred the state elections board from printing West’s name on ballots and said officials in any communities where his name already had been printed must provide notice to voters that he had been disqualified.
West’s campaign and his lawyer in the Virginia case, Roanoke attorney Chris Kowalczuk, did not immediately respond to requests for comment late Thursday afternoon.
Trump campaign aides have denied involvement in West’s political operation.
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, a Democrat, also sought the emergency court action this week to block West from appearing on the state’s ballot in November’s general election as deadlines to print ballots drew closer.
Virginia absentee ballots are slated to be mailed out by September 19.
West has no chance of capturing the White House. Even before Thursday’s ruling in Virginia, he was not on enough state ballots to come anywhere close to the 270 electoral votes need to win the presidency.
This story has been updated with more details and background.