Judge Denies Absentee Voting Injunction

May 29, 2020 - 5:39 pm
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Alexandria, VA _ Federal Judge Rossie D. Alston, Jr. in the Eastern District of Virginia Friday denied a preliminary injunction sought by six Northern Virginia voters who object to the designation for absentee voting outlined by Governor Ralph Northam, in seeking to protect voters from covid-19 exposure.

Northam directed voters to voters to check “disability or illness” as their reason for requesting an absentee ballot for the June 23rd primaries.  Lawyers for the plaintiff argued that while the General Assembly expanded absentee voting categories to allow any registered voter to vote absentee, the legislation doesn't take effect until July 1st, and that voters may only check “disability or illness” if they are disabled, ill, or pregnant.  Plaintiffs maintained that numerous voters will sufferdisenfranchisementas a result of the COVID-19 Guidance.

In issuing his ruling Alston wrote:  "The bottom-line here is that while the basis of Plaintiffs’ Complaint may be well-founded,the Court is constrained at this time from remedying these constitutional grievances."