Eric Gay, Associated Press
Republican presidential candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during a campaign stop at the Westside Conservative Club breakfast,Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, in Urbandale, Iowa.

RICHMOND, Va. — Texas Gov. Rick Perry has filed an emergency order in federal court to require Virginia's Board of Elections to place his name on the ballot for the state Republican presidential primary.

Perry failed last week to meet Virginia's requirements that each candidate receive 10,000 signatures of registered voters, with 400 from each of its 11 congressional districts. On Tuesday, he filed a lawsuit against the State Board of Elections and Republican Party of Virginia Chairman Pat Mullins.

On Wednesday, Perry filed an emergency motion in U.S. District Court in Richmond asking for an injunction to get his name on the ballot for the March 6 primary.

Perry claims Virginia's requirements violate his freedoms of speech and association.

Newt Gingrich also came short of the signatures required to be certified.