The Latest: ACLU seeks remedy for voters affected by crash
(AP) – The Latest on a lawsuit filed against Virginia election officials after the state’s online voter registration system crashed Monday (all times local):
The ACLU of Virginia is urging the elections commissioner to allow voters who could not complete their online registration when the portal crash to complete their applications.
The organization sent a letter Wednesday to Elections Commissioner Edgardo Cortes, saying two sections of Virginia law require the department to determine who is standing in line when it is about to close on the last day of registration.
The letter says officials must allow such voters to complete their registration later.
Virginia’s online voter registration system crashed Monday, preventing some Virginians from signing up to vote.
A civil rights group has filed a federal lawsuit against Virginia election officials after the state’s online voter registration system crashed Monday, preventing some Virginians from signing up to vote.
Local news organizations report that the lawsuit was filed Tuesday by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law on behalf of Kathy and Michael Kern, a Charlottesville couple who failed to register by Monday’s deadline after the registration website faced technical issues.
The lawsuit asks for a court injunction ordering the Virginia Department of Elections and the State Board of Elections to extend the registration deadline by at least three days.
State elections commissioner Edgardo Cortes says the deadline is specified in state code, which provides no option for an extension.