Judge: Va. violated overseas ballot laws

Dec. 8, 2008 at 7:23 PM

RICHMOND, Va., Dec. 8 (UPI) -- A U.S. district court judge ruled Monday that Virginia violated federal law when it mailed overseas absentee ballots too late to service members.

Even so, U.S. District Judge Richard Williams said he would not offer a remedy. He said the U.S. Department of Justice and the State Board of Elections should work out a remedy before the next election, The Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch reported.

The judge said because the election results have been certified, there is no need to count approximately 4,750 ballots in question.

Republican presidential nominee John McCain's campaign filed the lawsuit Nov. 3, the day before the election, demanding that the military ballots be counted.

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