Virginia Lawmaker Questions Delay of 100,000 Voter Registrations

Virginia Lawmaker Questions Delay of 100,000 Voter Registrations
A voter casts her ballot with her child at a polling station at Rose Hill Elementary School during the midterm primary election in Alexandria, Va., on June 21, 2022. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Caden Pearson

A Virginia state lawmaker is questioning why the state’s Department of Elections hasn’t been more forthcoming about what’s causing delays in processing about 100,000 voter registrations ahead of the midterm elections.

Sen. Lionell Spruill, a Democrat who represents District 5 and holds a key state elections oversight role, sent a letter to Elections Commissioner Susan Beals on Oct. 6 seeking an explanation.

Beals, who blamed “intermittent network issues” for the issue, said in a statement that around 107,000 voter registrations were sent to local registrars for processing “to ensure voters can be appropriately registered to vote.”

“The issue is now resolved and all impacted registrations have been identified,” she said.

“No voter registration data was lost, but the issue will cause an increase in processing voter registration applications at the local level,” she added.

In his letter, Spruill said he was disappointed to learn about the issue in a newspaper.

“In the future, when difficulties like these arise, the chairpersons of the Senate and House privileges and elections committees should receive notification so that we are fully informed as part of our responsibility to oversee the operations of your department,” he wrote.
Further, Spruill said he’s “very concerned that the department hasn’t been forthcoming to the public” on the details of the network issues causing the backlog.

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Virginia’s elections have at times been very close, Spruill said, citing a 2018 House of Delegates election that was determined by a tie-breaking drawing of names from a bowl.

He emphasized the need for safe and reliable elections in Virginia, saying that it’s “important that we are as transparent as possible with the public regarding these kinds of essential government functions to ensure continued integrity.”

“It is absolutely essential that every person who wants to vote is able to cast their vote,” he said.

State Sen. Scott Surovell (D-District 36) shared Spruill’s letter on social media, noting that it went some ways to bringing transparency to what he said was a “failure to get 107,000 voter registration applications processed.”

“We need some answers,” he added.
The delay in processing voter registrations comes as a county in northern Virginia stopped using election software by Konnech Corp. after the Michigan-based company’s chief executive was arrested last week.

This year, Virginia will allow same-day voter registration on the Nov. 8 Election Day. Virginia began early in-person voting on Sept. 23.

Virginia’s Department of Elections didn’t respond by press time to a request by The Epoch Times for comment.

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