The Virginia Democratic Social gathering filed swimsuit in opposition to the U.S. Postal Service on Friday, alleging native branches of the federal company have did not course of and ship election-related mail forward of an important gubernatorial race.
Filed in U.S. District Court docket, the lawsuit alleges the backlog in mail throughout a number of counties “threatens to disenfranchise hundreds of Virginia voters.” Virginia Democratic officers requested the courtroom to compel the USPS to expedite the method earlier than Election Day on Nov. 2.
“To protect the integrity of the current election, USPS should be ordered to enormously expedite its processing and supply of election-related mail – notably in Albemarle, Portsmouth and James Metropolis – in order that voters throughout the Commonwealth usually are not unconstitutionally denied their basic proper to vote.”
Roughly 174,000 Virginia residents have voted by mail this yr, the Washington Post reported, citing knowledge from nationwide voter roll vendor L2. A further 183,000 early ballots have but to be returned.
The lawsuit claims hundreds of absentee ballots have arrived at USPS services however have but to be processed, whereas some voters who requested ballots haven’t acquired them.
The Virginia gubernatorial race has narrowed significantly in current days within the context between Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe and Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin, with the race too near name.
USPS didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.