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Mayoral nominating petition requirements modified (access required)

Where plaintiffs claim that the requirements to be placed on the ballot for the 2020 Richmond mayoral election place a “severe” burden on plaintiff candidate’s “voting, associational and expressive rights guaranteed by the First Amendment” in light of restrictions imposed ...

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Nominating deadline extended due to COVID-19 orders (access required)

Where Code § 24.2-510 requires political committees to complete their nominations by the second Tuesday in June, and executive orders issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic make it unlikely that plaintiff can hold a timely nominating convention, the court ...

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A ‘progressive’ wave? (access required)

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At least three elected prosecutors in Northern Virginia this year are facing opponents promising new approaches to criminal law. Contests are underway in Fairfax, Arlington and Loudoun counties, while observers watch to see what happens in Prince William County, where ...

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WDVA: Copyright claim against congressional campaign proceeds (access required)

A photographer sufficiently stated a claim against Congressman Tom Garrett and his 2016 campaign for the unauthorized use of a photo depicting people crossing the U.S. border with Mexico, a U.S. district court held. Background Plaintiff and photographer Todd Bigelow ...

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EDVA: Voter intimidation, defamation claims survive dismissal (access required)

Two publications purporting to reveal widespread voter fraud have given rise to a viable lawsuit. The published materials (called Alien Invasion I and II) allegedly reported falsely that specific individuals, identified by name and other personal information, had registered and/or voted illegally in ...

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EDVA: Prosecutor, officer face malicious-prosecution claims (access required)

An unsuccessful candidate for county sheriff sufficiently stated claims for malicious prosecution by a commonwealth’s attorney and a state police officer. The plaintiff said they conspired to prosecute him for election fraud with no evidence to support the charge. Background ...

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EDVA: Districts’ black voter thresholds lack justification (access required)

Race predominated over traditional districting factors in construction of 11 challenged Virginia House of Delegates districts. This use of race was not narrowly tailored to achieve the interest of complying with the Voting Rights Act. Thus, the district divisions are ...

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SCV: No error in rejected district “compactness” analysis (access required)

The circuit court did not err in confirming the constitutional validity of Virginia General Assembly legislative districts, which the plaintiffs alleged were drawn in violation of Virginia’s constitutional compactness requirement. Background The plaintiffs seek a declaratory judgment that the “State ...

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