Virginia will count incomplete absentee ballots
October 29 2008
Election officials in Virginia said that local officials should count absentee ballots submitted by military voters even if the forms do not include all the information required under state law. A dispute over the fate of those ballots began last week when the Fairfax County registrar said that dozens of federal absentee ballots lacked the witness' address--a requirement under a 2002 state law designed to curb vote-fraud. But federal absentee ballots do not provide a space for the address and do not list the states for which the address is required. The three-member Virginia State Board of Elections agreed with Attorney General Bob McDonnell and unanimously advised that the votes should be counted.
Ruling okays 130 ballots cast by military voters
Nancy Rodrigues, who heads the board of elections, said that about 130 ballots were affected by the ruling. She also defended local registrars who believed they were required to reject the ballots, pointing out that they were simply "carrying out the law." Both the McCain and Obama campaigns had called for the ballots to be counted.