Local news media announced on Thursday that the Virginia State Board of Elections had purged nearly 40,000 names from the state's voter rolls. This occurred despite a lawsuit being filed by Democrats on Oct. 3, seeking an injunction to halt the process.
The purge came a few months after the Republican-controlled board decided they would use several databases. including a multi-state database to find voters convicted of felonies and voters who had moved out of state. Democrats objected then, saying the data was full of mistakes.
It was learned that after initial lists were sent to local election administrators, the officials found hundreds of voters who shouldn't be removed from those lists.
On Oct. 3 the Democratic Party of Virginia filed suit in federal court seeking an injunction to stop the purge. But it was learned on Tuesday the Board of Elections had already gone through with the initial purge, removing 38,870 names from voter rolls.
After county registrars reviewed the state lists, it was decided that 11,138 eligible voters will remain active on the rolls. Another 7,300 will be designated “inactive,” meaning their names will remain on the election rolls, but they must cast provisional ballots on Election Day, November 5.
Local registrar, Lawrence C. Haake III in Chesterfield County, has defied the state elections board and refused to purge any voters. In an affidavit, Haake said he conducted a preliminary review and discovered almost 10 percent of the names on the list given to him by the state for potential purging were, in fact, eligible voters.
The 58,000 voters on the purge list represent 1 percent of the 4.8 million registered voters in Virginia.