The deadline for registering to vote in Virginia’s November 5, 2013 election is Monday, October 14. Meanwhile, the State Board of Elections has obtained a list of 77,000 Virginia voters that allegedly are also registered voters in some other state. The State Board has asked the various County and Independent City Boards to remove these voters from the rolls before the upcoming election.
On October 1, the Democratic Party filed a federal lawsuit to stop the purge, until after the election. The lawsuit alleges that the list has many errors. The lawsuit also points out that federal law does not permit purges to occur closer than 90 days before an election, although that law only relates to federal elections, not elections for state office. Finally, the lawsuit says that a large proportion of the voters on the list registered in some other state as long ago as ten years, and that the same voters moved to Virginia after that time. The case is Democratic Party of Virginia v Virginia State Board of Elections, eastern district, 1:13cv-1218. Here is the Complaint.