A lawsuit filed Tuesday claims Fairfax County is violating election laws headed into the state’s heated vote for governor.
State law requires voters to include the last four digits of their Social Security number on an absentee ballot application by mail. The lawsuit argues Fairfax County is not requiring the practice.
Virginia county is violating election law amid governor race, lawsuit claims
According to Virginia election law, you must include the last 4 digits of their Social Security numbers when getting an absentee ballot application.
Fairfax county ignoring lawhttps://t.co/J7M9Aoaw3u
— John R Lott Jr. (@JohnRLottJr) October 21, 2021
“We write election rules in advance so everybody knows what they are and everybody thinks it’s fair,” J. Christian Adams, president and general counsel at the Public Interest Legal Foundation, said Wednesday, according to Fox News.
“When you start suspending rules in some counties, you run the risk that people don’t accept the results,” Adams warned. “You can’t change the rules in the middle of the game, and that’s what Fairfax is doing,” he added.
Additional Early Voting Locations to Open Oct. 21
✔️15 locations open weekdays, noon to 7 pm
✔️Fairfax County Government Center, weekdays, 8 am to 4:30 pm
✔️ALL locations: Saturday Oct. 23 & 30, 9 am to 5 pm
✔️ALL locations: Sunday Oct. 24, 1 to 5 pm
— Fairfax County Government 🇺🇸 🎃👻 (@fairfaxcounty) October 20, 2021
“Fairfax County is not following the rules for absentee ballots,” Adams also said in a statement Wednesday.
“These rules exist to protect the right to vote and must always be followed to ensure free and fair elections. Virginians deserve a gubernatorial election that follows the rule of law,” Adams added.
The lawsuit may prove important as the closely-contested election could come down to the wire based on recent polls.