Virginians who undervote or overvote but leave before the machine accepts their final ballots will be able to get some extra assistance from local election officials. That’s due to a new regulation adopted this week by the State Board of Elections. The extra step may not make much of a difference in lopsided elections, but it will help every vote get counted in the close ones.
The Vice Chair of the State Board of Elections is asking whether a new state law expanding the Attorney General’s power to investigate election irregularities will create a conflict of interest this fall. Kimberly Bowers, who is the Democratic appointee to the Board, raised the issue as the members held a meeting in Richmond. This year’s campaign season will be the first test of the new law.
State Republicans are responding to a call by one of their own for a special session on ethics reform in light of the scandals now plaguing both the Governor's office and the gubernatorial campaign.
Governor McDonnell had already declined the request by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to call a special session. Now House GOP leaders say they also prefer to wait until January’s regular session to take up ethics reform.