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Tue Nov 14, 2017, 01:28 PM

Democrats claim absentee ballots in a key Va. House race were uncounted

Democrats claim absentee ballots in a key Va. House race were uncounted
By Laura Vozzella November 13 at 9:58 PM

RICHMOND — Nearly a week after Election Day, Democrats and Republicans were closely monitoring three races that could determine control of Virginia’s House of Delegates.

The parties were especially focused on the House seat being vacated by retiring Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford). Republican Robert Thomas is ahead of Joshua Cole by 86 votes.

Democrats claim 55 absentee ballots mailed in that race by active-duty military voters went uncounted because they were left in the Stafford County registrar’s mailbox on Election Day — an account the registrar disputes.

“It’s disgraceful that the registrar and two members of the Stafford County Electoral Board refuse to count military votes,” Susan Swecker, chairwoman of the Democratic Party of Virginia, said in a statement.


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