Election Board Reviews Vote Rejected in November

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

Harrisonburg, Va. (WHSV) The Harrisonburg Electoral Board held an emergency meeting Thursday after a vote came into question.

For the first time in three years, the electoral board pulled an absentee ballot to verify a decision made by election officers. It is concerning because of the recount that is underway in the Attorney General's race.

"One of our voters was notified that his vote was not opened and counted and he would like to know why," said Penny Imeson, who is the secretary of the Harrisonburg Electoral Board.

Secured inside the Rockingham County Courthouse are votes from both the City of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. Chaz Evans-Haywood, the keeper of the ballots, facilitated the votes' review.

"This is a great opportunity to see why ballots are kept," said Chaz Evans-Haywood, who is the Clerk of Court with the Rockingham County Courthouse.

Pat Messner is an election official. This attorney general's recount reminds her of the one from 2005, but this time it is different.

"All of the paper ballots are going to be run through again. This was not done. All they did was check our statement of results," said Messner.

Thursday's rejection of the vote all came down to not following instructions.

"In this case, the voter did not record the date in which he signed the envelope that was used to return his ballot, the CAP officials realized that on election day, but we came today just to verify," said Imeson.

The votes from the November 2013 election will remain at the Rockingham County Courthouse until 2015.

Harrisonburg's electoral board will meet again on Tuesday to start recounting the votes for the Attorney General's race.

The event starts at 7 a.m. and is open to the public.

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