Va. will count disputed military ballots

Oct. 28, 2008 at 4:46 PM
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RICHMOND, Va., Oct. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. military members who couldn't completely fill out their absentee election ballots will still see their votes count, Virginia state officials say.

Bowing to advice from Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell, the Virginia State Board of Elections Tuesday advised local election officials to count such incomplete ballots, the (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot reported.

Some local registrars had refused to count the ballots submitted by armed services members stationed overseas because they weren't formatted properly, omitting space for some required information. But the state's three-member elections board unanimously agreed to allow those votes to be counted anyway, the newspaper said.

The ballots amounted to only about 130 ballots in the entire state, State Board of Elections Secretary Nancy Rodrigues told the Virginian-Pilot.

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