Judge Dismisses Virginia Mail-In Ballot Lawsuit Ahead of Tuesday’s Election

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Election workers number  ballots successful  a record  photo. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Election workers number ballots successful a record photo. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

A Virginia justice dismissed a suit claiming that Fairfax County improperly accepted applications connected absentee ballots, responding to a ailment that was filed precocious past month, coming arsenic Virginia’s gubernatorial election is scheduled for Nov. 2.

The Virginia Institute for Public Policy filed a suit (pdf) arguing that the Fairfax County Office of Elections accepted applications for absentee and mail-in ballots without residents’ last 4 digits of their Social Security numbers. They argued that specified a signifier violates authorities law.

The county’s elections bureau responded by saying that authorities instrumentality stipulates that specified a suit tin lone beryllium filed by “any aggrieved voter,” a campaign’s party, oregon a candidate. The Virginia Institute for Public Policy, a conservative-leaning nonprofit organization, is nary of the three, they further said.

Judge Michael Devine connected Oct. 29 supported the Fairfax elections bureau and ruled that the plaintiffs didn’t person lasting to record the lawsuit.

“The justice dismissed the lawsuit connected a method crushed that the Virginia Institute of Public Policy lacked lasting to bring the case,” J. Christian Adams, president of the Public Interest Legal Foundation, said successful a connection aft the ruling. His enactment was progressive successful bringing the lawsuit.

Adams said that contempt the ruling, the “merits of the lawsuit were not reached,” and said it is “unfortunate that an important predetermination volition instrumentality spot with the registrar of the largest region successful Virginia breaking the law. It isn’t just to alteration the rules successful the mediate of the game. Fairfax is the lone region breaking the law.”

The Fairfax County Office of Elections has not instantly responded to a petition for comment.

Virginia’s gubernatorial contention is slated for Tuesday and is seen arsenic a bellwether contention that could foretell the result of the 2022 midterms, oregon adjacent the 2024 presidency. Polls person shown that Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin are locked successful a choky race, and some candidates engaged successful frenetic rallies to pull much voters implicit the past weekend.

“I’ve done this occupation before. I was the astir pro-business pro-progressive. I made this authorities unfastened and welcoming, created a batch of jobs. We bash not privation to spell back,” McAuliffe, who was the state’s politician betwixt 2014 and 2018, told a assemblage successful Henrico County connected Saturday.

Youngkin, meanwhile, told supporters that the GOP would expanse the Virginia House, Senate, and governor’s bureau connected Tuesday.

“This is simply a infinitesimal for america to marque a connection that large authorities power is going to suffer and liberty and state successful Virginia are going to win,” helium told supporters successful Abingdon.

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