FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OCTOBER 18, 2016
Virginia’s Online Voter Registration System Crashes,
Locking Out Eligible Voters on Day of Registration Deadline
Washington, D.C., October 18, 2016 – After receiving and investigating reports indicating that Virginia’s Online Voter Registration system crashed and malfunctioned, denying people a fair opportunity to register to vote on the day of the voter registration deadline, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law has issued a letter urging state officials to take immediate action by extending the voter registration deadline. This extension will accommodate aspiring voters across the state who were denied the opportunity to register to vote because of this technological failure.
“All eligible citizens deserve a fair opportunity to register to vote,” said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. “Aspiring voters across the state of Virginia were denied the right to vote because Virginia’s Online Voter Registration system crashed at a very critical moment. The impact of the state’s error was exacerbated by the fact that it happened on a day in which we historically have seen registration rates peak. Eligible voters should not be penalized for the state’s failure. “
Voters who have questions about their registration status are urged to call the Election Protection hotlines: 866-OUR-VOTE for English language assistance, 888-VE-Y-VOTA for Spanish language assistance, and 888-API-VOTE for assistance in several Asian languages.
A copy of a letter issued by the lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Virginia Civic Engagement Table and New Virginia Majority can be found here. The groups’ request that the state extend the registration deadline through Friday, October 21, 2016 and provide immediate publicity regarding the extension.