A Virginia judge dismissed a lawsuit claiming that Fairfax County improperly accepted applications on absentee ballots, responding to a complaint that was filed late last month, coming as Virginia’s gubernatorial election is scheduled for Nov. 2.
The Virginia Institute for Public Policy filed a lawsuit (pdf) arguing that the Fairfax County Office of Elections accepted applications for absentee and mail-in ballots without residents’ final four digits of their Social Security numbers. They argued that such a practice violates state law.
The county’s elections office responded by saying that state law stipulates that such a lawsuit can only be filed by “any aggrieved voter,” a campaign’s party, or a candidate. The Virginia Institute for Public Policy, a conservative-leaning nonprofit organization, is none of the three, they further said.