Gov. McAuliffe in support of extending voter registration deadline

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — There is more fallout over the Virginia Board of Elections website crash that left thousands of Virginians unable to register to vote before Monday’s deadline.

On Tuesday, The Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law filed a federal lawsuit against the state board of elections on behalf of a Charlottesville couple, claiming they’re two of thousands of would-be voters who were left in the dark because of the website stopped working days leading up to the registration deadline.

In a letter, the organization asks VA Board of Elections Commissioner, Edgardo Cortes, to extend the deadline by three days to make up for the malfunction.

It’s a request that Governor Terry McAuliffe is in full support of.

“I’m in agreement with the lawsuit to extend voting and I have asked the attorney general to reach out to the judge to do an expedited review so that we can get a decision very quickly,” McAuliffe said.

8News has been told that the voter registration deadline can only be changed if the law itself is changed.

If an extension is granted, Governor McAuliffe says the DMVs will be open and he urges people to register in person rather than doing so online.

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