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The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field / Campaign 2012

Report: Romney Campaign Seeks Investigation of Virginia Voter Forms

July 25, 2012

Mitt Romney's campaign has asked Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to investigate voter-registration forms that are being addressed to deceased relatives, children, family pets, and others ineligible to vote, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported on Wednesday.

The mailings are from the Washington-based nonprofit Voter Participation Center. It has been mass-mailing the forms to primarily Democratic-leaning voting blocs such as young adults, unmarried women, African-Americans, and Latinos. The campaign's request came after the Times-Dispatch reported on how the forms were causing headaches for local election officials who have to spend time investigating which of the forms are legitimate.

In a letter to Cuccinelli's office and the State Board of Elections, Kathryn Bieber, an attorney for the Romney campaign, said that the mailings appear to violate "at least one and maybe several Virginia laws aimed at ensuring a fair election."

 

Cuccinelli spokesman Brian Gottstein said the State Board of Elections would have to initiate a request for an investigation. The board's deputy secretary, Justin Riemer, said it is reviewing Romney's request.

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