Lawsuit calling for new House of Delegates elections dismissed
RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A lawsuit calling for new House of Delegate elections this year has been dismissed.
According to Attorney General Jason Miyares’ Office, a judge issued a ruling Monday that the man who filed the suit, Paul Goodman, did not have the standing to challenge the 2021 elections.
Goodman had been considering running for a seat in the House, beginning before the redistricting process that changed the district in which he lived and wanted to represent.
The new maps were supposed to have been completed ahead of the 2021 elections.
However, the Census Bureau was very late in delivering to individual states, which means the maps were not updated until earlier this year.
The lawsuit was calling to have new elections for all 100 seats in the House of Delegates, which had been voted on in November.
Normal elections for the House are held every two years.
“The 2021 Virginia elections were legal and constitutional. Record numbers of Virginians went to the polls to vote and had their voices heard. I’m glad that the court agreed with my office, that there is no more uncertainty for voters and legislators, and that we were able to protect the sanctity of our 2021 elections,” said Miyares.
One Virginia 2021 released this statement:
In a 31-page opinion released Monday, three judges...ruled Goldman, who claimed the 2021 House elections were unconstitutional because they were held on old district lines that hadn’t been updated to reflect 2020 U.S. Census data, couldn’t show his particular rights had been violated either as a voter or a candidate.
The court didn’t fully reject Goldman’s claims that the late census data might have violated Virginians’ voting rights by allowing impermissibly large differences in populations of Virginia House districts. But Goldman himself can’t credibly make the claim, the judges wrote, because 'he did not suffer a particularized injury in fact that would furnish him standing to pursue this case as a voter.'
To read the full opinion, click here.