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Judge Denies Injunction in VA Voter Lawsuit

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In Northern Virginia, a federal judge ruled the state can move forward in removing close to 40,000 names from Virginia's voter rolls.

Democrats sued the Virginia Board of Elections earlier this month, worried those actions might keep some from casting a ballot next month, but came up short Friday morning.

The state Board of Elections and local registrars cross-checked names with 21 other states, and believes those voters now live outside of Virginia. But Democrats say some voters were removed inaccurately, potentially disenfranchising eligible voters who hope to cast a ballot next month. They argued the board failed to provide registrars with clear instructions of which voters to keep and which to remove from its registration lists.

"It's a shame that our elections process could be undermined by having these questions raised," said Lauren Harmon, a member of the Democratic Party of Virginia.

But a judge denied the Democrats' motion to stop the voter cancellation, saying there is no immediate or irreparable harm being done to voters. 

"This was a distraction, but we're very pleased with the result. Now we're going to focus on the election," said Don Palmer, secretary of the Virginia Board of Elections.

State attorneys admitted in court some errors had been made in compiling the list, but registrars had taken steps to ensure no eligible voters were removed. They also stressed that voters who believe they were removed by mistake can still cast a provisional ballot on Election Day.

Meanwhile, Democrats say they are still concerned about how the state handled this entire process, and may decide to appeal.

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