# General Discussion

Related: Editorials & Other Articles, Issue Forums, Alliance Forums, Region Forums# Crossposting a thread from the Virginia Group. **this is important**

Thanks to DU'r ehrnst for starting that thread. I have been alerted by friends in Stafford that there are shenanigans going on and while I posted there, I wanted to bring it to GD for more eyes to see.

https://www.democraticunderground.com/10814469 is the thread.

I posted there this information:

There is a SERIOUS PROBLEM RIGHT NOW:

Per a friend in the city:

Stafford County Registrar Greg Riddlemoser has thrown out over 1000 absentee ballots on a technicality. He has also refused to release the names of provisional voters in defiance of the State Board of Elections order.

Washington Post has been contacted as has NBC4.

I personally reached out to Dave Wasserman at the Cook Political Report and Benjamin Tribbet -- both of whom were intrumental in making sure Herring's recount was done properly a few years ago.

If anyone knows of a lawyer, let's get a judge to clear this up!

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#### malaise

(271,816 posts)Rec

Contact Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O'Donnell, etc.

#### Raine1967

(11,590 posts)We are on this and would love help!

#### malaise

(271,816 posts)Great work

#### brush

(55,128 posts)It the official throwing out ballots to make sure the repugs keep control?

#### certainot

(9,090 posts)one thing that will get high visibility and scare the crap out of the r-cons is to protest 6 limbaugh/trump/GOP radio stations by protesting the universities of Virginia Tech 5 and Virginia 1 that broadcast sports on them.

by broadcasting sports on those stations they're endorsing what the republicans are doing and have been doing. they're letting the r-cons use their mascots and brands to sell advertising and bullshit.

seeing protests to get the unis to look for apolitical alts will get GOP attention and freak them out. media will notice and advertisers will flee. without rw radio republicans have nothing.

#### malaise

(271,816 posts)#### underpants

(183,950 posts)#### Jim Dandy

(358 posts)#### rogue emissary

(3,168 posts)#### csziggy

(34,156 posts)Usually they have attorneys on call just for this kind of event. My brother in law has done this in Florida for several presidential races.

If the local Democratic Party does NOT have anyone on call, contact the ACLU!

#### Raine1967

(11,590 posts)#### csziggy

(34,156 posts)#### niyad

(115,954 posts)#### UtahLib

(3,179 posts)#### ismnotwasm

(42,195 posts)#### Roland99

(53,343 posts)#### Raine1967

(11,590 posts)Reports are that the ballots were discarded because they weren't placed in a smaller inner envelope.

#### Roland99

(53,343 posts)#### Raine1967

(11,590 posts)The ACLU, the Dems, the VA electoral commission, lawyers, WaPo and NBC have all been informed, so now we wait and see.

#### Roland99

(53,343 posts)And I don’t care which way the votes were. Voted need to count

#### angrychair

(8,974 posts)In a recount there should be county or state DNC reps (typically a lawyer but not always) at a recount and to challenge the rejection of absentee ballots in a recount situation.

Contact the local Party office or state Party office or the national DNC office. Every race matters.

WE SHOULD FIGHT FOR EVERY SINGLE BALLOT.

#### iluvtennis

(20,142 posts)#### angrychair

(8,974 posts)Virginia law is very explicit on this: both Parties have a right to have a representative in the room during all counting, can agree/disagree with the count and can fill protest to the count or any rejection of a ballot as well as a complaint to the courts.

There is no “behind closed doors” bullshit in Virginia. The only stipulation being that it’s completely at a Party’s discretion to have a representative present or not. Nothing says that they have to be there, just that they have a right to be there.

#### iluvtennis

(20,142 posts)#### FSogol

(45,712 posts)#### lagomorph777

(30,613 posts)Every vote MUST COUNT!

#### Little Star

(17,055 posts)#### crazycatlady

(4,492 posts)Also contact the VA Democratic Party. I'm sure they have lawyers on call.

#### Ligyron

(7,766 posts)You just know they didn't try to dispose of them to make things fair and just. Bet there's a reason.

#### bluecollar2

(3,622 posts)#### calimary

(82,495 posts)Let's just face it. The ONLY realistic way this team can win anymore is if they CHEAT.

#### Happyhippychick

(8,379 posts)#### Squinch

(51,366 posts)#### mcar

(42,887 posts)Good luck!

#### bluestateboomer

(506 posts)N/T

#### SleeplessinSoCal

(9,363 posts)#### Sam McGee

(347 posts)**Call the Lawyers' Committee immediately 1-866-OUR-VOTE. 866-687-8683**

#### CaliforniaPeggy

(150,636 posts)#### Honeycombe8

(37,648 posts)Keep us posted.

#### SunSeeker

(52,366 posts)This cannot go unchallenged.

#### dhill926

(16,504 posts)That was the reason for the Election Day hack of DU...

#### bronxiteforever

(9,287 posts)#### mac56

(17,582 posts)#### Justice

(7,190 posts)#### Maraya1969

(22,806 posts)Should be easy to find out.

I'm on my phone and can't find the Tweet button

#### tomp

(9,512 posts)...against any announcement of winner or ratification of the vote. Also, immediate protest at boe.

#### FSogol

(45,712 posts)Many thanks.

#### jimlup

(7,998 posts)Either by passing absurd laws or shit like this

#### Madam45for2923

(7,178 posts)#### Madam45for2923

(7,178 posts)#### Madam45for2923

(7,178 posts)#### gademocrat7

(10,802 posts)#### spooky3

(34,907 posts)#### catrose

(5,130 posts)#### mercuryblues

(14,636 posts)#### NastyRiffraff

(12,448 posts)Wish I knew a lawyer with experience in election law; I'll ask around my Virginia friends.

#### Tiggeroshii

(11,088 posts)#### Ilsa

(61,810 posts)#### uponit7771

(90,534 posts)#### Ilsa

(61,810 posts)#### raven mad

(4,940 posts)And Virginia has a large piece of my heart (in the hills).

#### volstork

(5,414 posts)#### Puzzler

(2,505 posts)(n/t)

-Puzzler

#### Tavarious Jackson

(1,595 posts)#### UCmeNdc

(9,618 posts)#### DemSoc

(52 posts)#### Roland99

(53,343 posts)#### halobeam

(4,874 posts)#### Demsrule86

(69,364 posts)#### Raine1967

(11,590 posts)and others went to Stafford county yesterday. If I hear anything I'll pass it on.

I don't live in that area, I am in another delegate district and my delegate is helping out.

#### tosh

(4,428 posts)K&R.

#### DoctorJoJo

(1,134 posts)Why am I not surprised!

#### sheshe2

(84,932 posts)#### BlancheSplanchnik

(20,219 posts)Also glad you contacted Wasserman and Tribbet.

I don't know those names but sounds like a smart move.

#### MontanaMama

(23,534 posts)We can't let them do this in the dark.

#### lapucelle

(19,131 posts)Tweet Joy Reid, Rachel Maddow, CNN, etc

#### Mountain Mule

(1,002 posts)#### mia

(8,382 posts)#### Nitram

(23,627 posts)#### Raine1967

(11,590 posts)The information concerning 1000 absentee ballots being "thrown out" was apparently a misunderstanding by an elected official who is fighting for her own recount. She was either told this in error or she misinterpreted the numbers of disqualified absentee ballots. Our lawyers who have looked into this matter don't think that the information on the 1000 disqualified ballots is accurate.

There is a question about a flier that provisional voters were given that contained incorrect info. This flier informed voters that they had until noon on Friday (today) to appear at the registrar's office to validate their ballots. But today is a holiday and the office is closed. Voters have until Noon on Monday, 11/13 to verify their vote. The Registrar has been asked to show us the flier -- this might be part of the court order as well.

#### Raine1967

(11,590 posts)Link to tweet

Text copy:

VoteVets?Verified account @votevets

With a razor thin margin triggering a recount in Virginia's HD-28 election for Delegate, VoteVets is calling on the electoral board to count all military ballots. Thus far, the local electoral board has refused to count 55 military ballots. #VAPol

#### Raine1967

(11,590 posts)From a friend in the district:

The status of the uncounted 55 Absentee Ballots is still not resolved. Keep fighting on this!