“Virginia voters file appeal to block Republican from taking office in House race tainted by ballot mix-up”


Four Democratic voters in Virginia are appealing a court decision that cleared the way for Republicans to take control of the state House of Delegates.

At issue is whether errors that led some voters in an extremely close Northern Virginia House race to be given the wrong ballots were so significant that Republican Robert Thomas, the victor, should not be seated when the General Assembly convenes on Wednesday.

Late Friday, U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III of the Eastern District of Virginia decided they were not.

The four voters have appealed Ellis’s decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit and filed an emergency motion there to stop Thomas from being seated.

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