Group sues Department of Elections over registration website issues

RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) — A civil rights organization has filed a lawsuit against the Virginia Department of Elections over Monday’s voter registration website issues.

The New Virginia Majority Education Fund filed the lawsuit, claiming the department’s refusal to extend Monday’s deadline “imposes a severe burden on the fundamental right to vote by depriving citizens of that right altogether.”

Civil rights organizations demand extension after elections website crashes

The group is seeking a declaratory judgment that a refusal to extend the deadline deprives “the rights, privileges, and immunities” that are guaranteed under the 1st and 14th Amendments.

Read: Voter Registration Lawsuit

Many voters in Virginia reported having issues on Monday with the state’s voter registration site.

The department of elections said the registration site crashed repeatedly before a 11:59 p.m. deadline. Registration was not extended past this deadline, leaving some unable to register for the 2016 election.

In the lawsuit, the group states:

This lawsuit seeks to prevent the disenfranchisement of eligible prospective voters in Virginia, whose right to vote has been impeded due to technological problems with and the systemic breakdown of Virginia’s online voter registration website, and the refusal of Defendants to remedy the situation.”

A spokesperson for the American Civil Liberties Union says they have not filed a lawsuit, despite their call for action after the website issues, but are “reviewing their options.”

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