Virginia Secretary of Commonwealth throws out petition complaint

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August 10, 2010

By Kyle Maichle

CHRISTIANBURG, Virginia: The Virginia Commonwealth Secretary's office tossed a complaint filed by a citizen over nominating petitions not properly notarized[1].

Terry Ellen Carter of Christianburg alleged that the Montgomery County Registrar's Office accepted petitions without notary seals. Carter filed a complaint with the State Board of Elections in April of 2010. The Board did not review the complaint until June of 2010 in which the matter was referred to the Commonwealth Secretary[1].

Carter's complaint also accused the county registrar of allowing petitions with forged signatures, incomplete redaction of social security numbers, and allowing signatures that were obtained before the nominating period started[1].

The Commonwealth Secretary refused to accept Terry's complaint because photocopied petitions were the only documents given. A spokeswoman for the Commonwealth Secretary said that a written statement along with the photocopied petitions are required to file any complaint[1].

The Board of Elections did refer portions of Carter's complaint which include signature forgery to the Montgomery County Commonwealth Attorney's Office. A spokesperson for the office did not comment on the complaint[1].

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