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Virginia Officials Remove 40,000 From Voter Rolls Despite Lawsuit To Stop Purge

Thousands of residents the Commonwealth had their names purged from the rolls.
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Thousands of residents the Commonwealth had their names purged from the rolls.

In Virginia, elections officials say they have already purged nearly 40,000 names from the voter rolls that are the subject of a lawsuit filed by Democrats seeking to keep those voters registered.

The Democratic Party of Virginia filed suit in federal court earlier this month over plans to purge as many 57,000 names ahead of November's gubernatorial election based on evidence the voters had registered in other states. Democrats say the list is riddled with errors.

The State Board of Elections says it's already purged almost 40,000 names, while keeping more than 11,000 on the rolls after county registrars conducted their own reviews.

Lawyers for the elections board say the fact that 11,000 were kept on the rolls shows that the reviews were conducted carefully.

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