Judge rejects Democratic challenge to Virginia voter purge

October 18, 2013

A U.S. District Court judge said Friday morning there wasn’t enough evidence of inequitable treatment to stop the Virginia Board of Elections from purging more than 38,000 names from its voting rolls.

Our colleague Matt Zapotosky reports:

“I just don’t find that there’s a strong showing here of any inequitable treatment or the deprivation of anyone’s rights,” U.S. District Judge Claude M. Hilton said as he denied the Democrats’ request.

A lawyer for the attorney general said in court Friday that removing the names was merely routine maintenance to keep the voter lists up to date, and the three people removed in error were later restored. He said local election officials were given discretion in reviewing the names so that no one would be disenfranchised.

Reid Wilson covers state politics and policy for the Washington Post's GovBeat blog. He's a former editor in chief of The Hotline, the premier tip sheet on campaigns and elections, and he's a complete political junkie.
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