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Could GOP Gov. Youngkin’s Illegal Voter Purge Affect Virginia’s Elections?
Also inside: The new House Speaker is an anti-abortion extremist and North Carolina Republicans double down on gerrymandering
We’re six days away from Virginia’s legislative elections, which will determine who controls the General Assembly and dictates the future of reproductive rights in the commonwealth. Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin has pledged to push for a 15-week abortion ban if the GOP wins control of both legislative chambers, among other right-wing priorities.
Those high stakes make recent revelations that the Virginia Department of Elections (DOE) incorrectly purged nearly 3,400 eligible voters from the voting rolls something of a scandal. Election officials appointed by Youngkin said the removal was a mistake, but did not own up to the scope of the problem until Friday – five weeks after early voting began.
All but “approximately 100” of the purged voters have had their rights reinstated, according to a news release, and Youngkin’s administration blamed the initial purge on a computer error. But Virginia Democrats have criticized the administration, calling it “weaponized incompetence,” and civil liberties groups like the ACLU have warned the true number of voters affected could be higher. You can read more about this story at The Dogwood:
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