October 18, 2013
A federal judge has rejected a request from Virginia Democrats who want the State Board of Elections to reinstate nearly 40,000 voters who were recently purged from the voter rolls.
Albemarle County officials conducted the purge recently on orders from the state, based on evidence that the voters had registered in other states. But the Democratic Party of Virginia says the list used to conduct the purge was full of mistakes and different standards were applied by different counties. The cuts were the result of a new national partnership to find people who might have registered in two different states.
Albemarle County Registrar Jake Washburn said the list was checked several times at the state and local level. "We don't want to cancel anybody without good reason, but if we have good solid evidence that someone has moved to another state and has registered in that state, then we feel like under the code we have cause to cancel."
At a hearing Friday, Judge Claude Hilton said anyone wrongly purged could cast a provisional ballot.