- Associated Press - Thursday, December 24, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe is applauding a settlement agreement reached between the state Democratic Party and election officials designed to ensure that residents don’t have to wait in long lines to vote.

McAuliffe called the settlement a “tremendous step forward” for the state’s voters and efforts to “make democracy as accessible as possible.”

The settlement stemmed from a lawsuit filed by the Democratic Party claiming that the state’s long lines hamper the right to vote.

Election officials agreed to take several steps to address the party’s concerns, including issuing guidance to local boards on what to do if voting equipment malfunctions. Officials have also agreed to consult with experts on things like polling place layout.

McAuliffe says he looks forward to work with election officials to implement the changes.

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