“Federal judge extends Virginia voter registration through Thursday”


A federal judge in Virginia agreed Wednesday to extend the state’s voter registration deadline through Thursday after a severed fiber optic cable kept thousands of voters from registering online on Tuesday, the original deadline for doing so.

U.S. District Court Judge John A. Gibney Jr. ordered the new deadline be set for 11:59 p.m. Thursday. State Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D) agreed to the change as part of a lawsuit filed by voter advocacy groups, who argued that Tuesday’s disruption disproportionately affected ethnic minorities and younger voters.


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