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Lawsuit filed over Virginia voter rolls

Published On: Oct 02 2013 07:49:40 AM CDT
Updated On: Oct 02 2013 07:04:40 AM CDT
McAuliffe Cuccinelli Campaign
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -

Virginia Democrats have filed a federal lawsuit against Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and the state elections board, claiming tens of thousands of voters are at risk of being wrongly purged from voter rolls ahead of the state's gubernatorial election.          

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in federal court in Alexandria.          

The Democratic Party of Virginia accuses the officials of pressing forward with a plan to potentially purge 57,000 registered voters because an interstate database shows them registered in multiple states.

But Democrats say the list is filled with errors and thousands could be wrongly disenfranchised.          

The lawsuit says state officials have told county registrars to use their "best judgment" when deciding whether to purge voters, which the suit said could result in uneven treatment.          

An adviser for Cuccinelli, who is running for governor against Democrat Terry McAuliffe, called the lawsuit a politically motivated stunt.