Lawsuits filed against 300k ballots in VA gov race

The Virginia Democrat Party has sued the Post Office over alleged mishandling of absentee ballots that the party claims deprived voters their right to vote in what could effect up to 300,000 votes in the battle for the state’s governor.

In a reverse of the 2020 presidential election aftermath, Democrats appear to be coordinating for legal challenges to the election if Terry McAuliffe loses to Glenn Youngkin on Tuesday.

Youngkin and McAuliffe have been considered a toss-up after Youngkin has closed the gap in recent weeks leading toward election day.

The Lawsuit

“Currently, based on data from the Virginia Department of Elections, 28 percent of requested absentee ballots statewide have remained outstanding with the Post Office for more than three weeks after the date they were requested and delivered to the Postal Service by general registrars for delivery,” the lawsuit said.

“These unscanned ballots constituted more than a quarter — and, in the case of Albermarle, nearly half — of all ballots that voters in those jurisdictions had requested, and that the County Registrars had delivered to the postal facilities,” the lawsuit added.

Democrats also may fear a Republican winning in the state for the first time since 2009.

The Post Office Response

“The Postal Service has a robust and tested process for the proper handling and timely delivery of Election Mail. Our Election Mail processes and procedures are fully operational in Virginia,” Post Office public relations representative Martha Johnson said in an email, according to the Conservative Brief.

“We are not aware of any processing delays of any ballots within our facilities nor any ballot delivery delays, and we have fully communicated this information to election officials,” Johnson continued.

“Throughout the election cycle, we work closely with state and local election officials and have been addressing any concerns that they raise. Daily sweeps are being conducted in all our Virginia facilities.”

The lawsuit is not the first in the Virginia governor’s election. On Oct. 20, Fox News reported another lawsuit related to Fairfax County violating election law.

The battle is unlikely to be over after election day. The matter could take several weeks to finally determine the next governor of Virginia.

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