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Lawsuit Claims Election Discrimination


Virginia Senator Henry Marsh has filed a lawsuit against the Commonwealth of Virginia, claiming the state's placement of voting machines discriminates against minorities.

According to Marsh's lawsuit, Virginia has not distributed a sufficient number of voting machines to predominantly African-American communities.

The lawsuit was filed at the Federal Courthouse in Richmond Monday afternoon. It names 16 defendants, including Governor Tim Kaine.

The State Board of Elections issued a response to the lawsuit late Monday evening. It says in part:

"Currently, all local jurisdictions are in compliance with the minimum number of voting machines in each precinct as required by the Code of Virginia - one machine for every 750 registered voters for direct electronic voting systems; and one voting booth for every 425 registered voters for optical scan systems are used. 

"Many jurisdictions have two or three times as many machines as required by the law."

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