ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Roughly 170 George Mason University students whose voter-registration applications were rejected will be allowed to cast ballots in Tuesday's elections.
Federal judge Rossie Alston on Friday ordered Fairfax County to accept the applications, provided the students supplement their application by providing the registrar their dormitory address by Saturday. If they miss the Saturday deadline, they can still cast provisional ballots if they go to the polls Tuesday and provide information about their dorm address.
A lawsuit filed Wednesday argued that the county's registrar wrongly rejected applications from students who listed the university's generic mailing address without listing their specific dormitories.
County officials had already offered to make those accommodations prior to Friday's hearing, but lawyers for the New Virginia Majority Education Fund wanted all 170 applications to be accepted automatically.