Stafford County Elections Officials Defer Action On 55 Absentee Ballots; Control Of Virginia House Of Delegates Still Undetermined

11/14/17

By Richmond Times-Dispatch

A controversy over absentee ballots in Stafford County that could help determine which party controls the state legislature next year will linger for at least another day.

Stafford’s electoral board voted 2-1 on Monday to delay until Tuesday a decision about certifying absentee and provisional ballots — the ballots cast by voters who show up at the polls without proper ID.

Officials with the Democratic Party of Virginia said last week that Stafford elections officials were refusing to count 55 absentee ballots that arrived at the registrar’s post office box on Election Day.

Doug Filler, the electoral board chairman, said the board’s delay will give anyone with questions about their vote time to come forward. After a closed session, he said the board voted to request a judicial opinion on the votes in question.

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