Sunday, June 23, 2024

Precincts for Va. Reps. Spanberger, Wexler Logged More Votes than Ballots

The county's former elections registrar, Michele White, was indicted in September on charges including corrupt conduct and willful neglect of duty...

(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) Election machines in Virginia are reporting more votes than physical ballots cast in a county where Democrats ostensibly defended two separate House seats from formidable GOP challenges.

Prince William County, which contains parts of both the 7th and 10th congressional districts, had two precincts report a greater number of votes than there were physical ballots election officers counted, Just the News reported.

Democrat Reps. Abigail Spanberger and Jennifer Wexton both narrowly won the races against their GOP opponents in these precincts.

The board of directors of the Electoral Process Education Corporation (EPEC), a private nonprofit that performs election data analysis, reported that precincts P-612 and P-104 are the ones with the irregularities.

In P-612, which falls in Spanberger’s district, ballot scanners reported 531 ballots scanned by only 504 ballots collected in the machine.

Election officers noted the mishap and reported it to the General Registrar and Electoral Board. The Board recorded the information in the official statement of the results.

Election officers hand-counted the ballots multiple times, according to election laws and processes. Of the 27 extra votes, 22 were for the Democratic candidate, three for the Republican and two write-ins.

In P-104, which falls in Wexton’s district, the machines tallied only 5-10 more ballots than a physical count, out of 1505 total ballots cast.

The irregularities are particularly concerning after the county’s former elections registrar, Michele White, was indicted in September on charges including corrupt conduct and willful neglect of duty, according to the Washington Times.

A few other states have faced calls concerning discrepancies in the final count, with some candidates winning more votes than possible.

Democrat Sen. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire reportedly won 1,106 votes in the small northern town of Columbia.

However, Columbia reported 735 residents in 2019, and may have even fewer now, according to the 2020 Census.

Leftist pundits claimed that the impossible influx of votes was the result of a typo.

While this is possible, the total vote count for that county includes the typo, inflating Hassan’s victory by roughly 1,000 votes.

According to New Hampshire political news site Granite Grok, correcting the 1,000 vote swing put her total tabulation at 6,059, which would flipped the entire county in favor of GOP challenger Don Bolduc.

New Hampshire’s Republican secretary of state, David Scanlan, reported that he is investigating the matter.

PolitiFact fact checked the claim that the 1,000 votes were counted towards Hassan’s total, rating it as false.

However, a photo of the completed ballot, signed and delivered by a Columbia city clerk, shows Hassan’s total as 1,106 for the town.

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