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Virginia House Dems File Lawsuit on Behalf of Disenfranchised Voters in HD-28

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From the Virginia House Democratic Caucus:

House Dems File Lawsuit on Behalf of Disenfranchised Voters in HD-28

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Virginia House Democratic Caucus today issued the following statement from our attorney Marc Elias announcing a lawsuit we have filed on behalf of at least three disenfranchised voters in House District 28:

“We filed a lawsuit today in federal court in Alexandria on behalf of three residents of HD-28 who were given ballots for HD-88. These voters were disenfranchised from voting for the delegate who is to represent them. We have requested that the court issue a temporary restraining order to prevent the State Board of Elections from certifying the results in HD-28 until all voters who were disenfranchised have been given a reasonable opportunity to cast a ballot in the appropriate House District.”

The Associated Press has reported that Edgardo Cortes, the commissioner of the State Board of Elections, “said that his staff had identified 83 voters from the 28th District who were wrongly listed and that there could be more.”

  • Will_Driscoll

    Thank you, VA House Democratic Caucus. Voting is a fundamental right.

  • Joe Mancini

    About time.

  • Statement from Marc Elias on Federal Court’s Ruling Today in Alexandria

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Virginia House Democratic Caucus tonight released the following statement from our attorney Marc Elias following a federal court’s decision to deny an emergency order that would block the State Board of Elections from certifying the election results in HD-28:

    “We are distressed to learn that at least 384 voters were assigned to the incorrect House District. The judicious decision would have been to delay certification until all voters who were disenfranchised have been given ample opportunity to cast a ballot for the delegate who is to represent them. We are currently assessing our next steps and find it encouraging that the judge suggested that a special election may be the appropriate remedy. We remain committed to the fight to ensure that every voter’s voice is heard, especially in a race with a razor-thin margin such as this.”

    The current margin separating our Democratic nominee Joshua Cole from Republican nominee Bob Thomas is only 82 votes. Control of the House of Delegates could turn on this race.

    The Richmond Times-Dispatch Editorial Board today called for the delay of certification in HD-28.