Lawsuit seeks reinstated voter registrations at George Mason

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — A voting-rights group has filed a lawsuit against Fairfax County seeking to reinstate roughly 170 voter-registration applications rejected from students at George Mason University.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court in Alexandria says the county’s registrar was wrong to reject applications from students who used the university’s generic mailing address on their applications without listing their specific dormitories.

Attorneys with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law say Fairfax County had previously accepted such applications, and that groups conducting voter-registration drives on campus weren’t told until this month that students would need to list their actual dormitories.

County elections officials declined comment Thursday but have told affected students their applications will be accepted if they submit their dorm information by Saturday.

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