Virginia Democratic officials asked court to intervene
The Virginia Democratic Party filed suit against the US Postal Service on Friday, alleging that local branches of the federal agency failed to process and distribute election-related mail ahead of a crucial gubernatorial race.
Filed in US District Court, the lawsuit alleges a backlog in mail in several counties “threatens of eviction of thousands of Virginia voters.” Virginia Democratic officials asked the court to force the USPS to expedite the process before Election Day on November 2.
“To preserve the integrity of the current election, the USPS must be ordered to expedite the processing and delivery of election-related mail – particularly in Albemarle, Portsmouth and James City – so that voters throughout the Commonwealth cannot unconstitutionally hold their Don’t be deprived of the fundamental right. Vote.”
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Nearly 174,000 Virginia residents have voted by mail this year, Washington Post Reported citing data from national electoral roll vendor L2. An additional 183,000 preliminary ballots are yet to be returned.
The lawsuit claims that thousands of absentee ballots have arrived at USPS facilities but have not yet been processed, while some voters who requested ballots have not received them.
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The Virginia gubernatorial race has been cut short in recent days between Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe and Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin, the race very close to the call.
The USPS did not immediately respond to a request for comment.