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VA Voting Group Suits State In Defiance Of Election Board Request

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By Mana Rabiee

A political non-profit in Virginia has filed suit against the State rather than reveal the source of voter information it planned to share in a mass mailing.

In the days leading to the November 3rd elections, the Know Campaign planned a mass-mailing to 350,000 Virginia households. The letters would would have disclosed whether or not the recipients and their neighbors voted in elections.

The campaign was designed to promote voter turn-out, but the State Board of Elections stopped the mailing at the last minute amid concern the personal data may have been acquired illegally.

Officials from the state board of elections have demanded to know where the voter information came from, but the Know Campaign filed suit in Richmond Friday, arguing that free speech under the Constitution protects its right to distribute voter information.

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