Chesterfield voters included in erroneous absentee ballot applications

Chesterfield voters included in erroneous absentee ballot applications
Letter from the Center for Voter Information (Source: WVIR)

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WWBT) - Some Chesterfield County voters who received absentee ballot applications were given return envelopes addressed to the wrong registrar’s office.

Chesterfield County was included in more than 580,000 erroneous absentee ballot applications sent to Virginia voters by nonprofits Center for Voter Information and the U.S. Vote Foundation.

The Center for Voter Information told Virginia Mercury that the errors were an honest mistake and mainly affected localities that shared a name, like Fairfax City and Fairfax County or Richmond City and Richmond County.

The Chesterfield County Registrar’s Officer and Virginia Department of Elections are not affiliated with the organizations and do not coordinate with any third-party groups on voting efforts.

The correct address for the Chesterfield Registrar is PO Box 1690, Chesterfield, VA 23832. State officials told the Virginia Mercury that applications arriving at the wrong office would be “forwarded immediately to the correct office for processing.”

County registered voters may have received mailed absentee ballot applications from The Center for Voter Information and...

Posted by Chesterfield County Virginia Government on Saturday, August 15, 2020

Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat, president and CEO of the U.S. Vote Foundation, said that the Facebook post was incorrect, and the foundation was not involved in any absentee ballot applications sent through the mail.

“U.S. Vote Foundation (US Vote) has never sent a single blank absentee ballot request application, nor any other voter application, to any voter. We do not operate through the post. We have never sent out any applications of any kind,” Dzieduszycka-Suinat said in an email.

We reached out to Chesterfield County regarding the Facebook post. Additional information will be added to this article.

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