BREAKING NEWS — Federal District Court Judge Claude Hilton has issued a ruling that extends Virginia’s voter registration deadline until midnight on Friday, October 21 following a crash of Virginia’s online voter registration portal over the weekend that reportedly blocked thousands of Virginians from submitting their registration forms in time to comply with the previous deadline of Monday, October 17th.
The ruling is the result of a lawsuit filed by civil rights groups and was supported by Governor Terry McAuliffe who told The Washington Post: “Let’s let them get in to vote. I think it’s a great thing for democracy.”
The Post is reporting that the Commonwealth’s brand new electronic registration system had been experiencing “recurring glitches and severe slowdowns” over the past few months: “Problems resurfaced Sunday, after Facebook and Google alerted Virginians to the state’s looming registration deadline. The system became overwhelmed Monday, as the deadline came and went.” (Click here to read the full article)
ABC News is reporting that: “State officials wanted to extend the deadline through Monday. But Hilton said he wanted an extension just long enough to make up for computer glitches that occurred in the hours leading up to the original Oct. 17 deadline.” (Click here to read the full article)
For more information about how to register to vote, visit elections.virginia.gov/registration