Judge dismisses Election Day violation charges against Sen. Morrissey

Judge dismisses Election Day violation charges against Sen. Morrissey
Delegate Joe Morrissey

Sen. Morrissey was facing three misdemeanor charges for his alleged actions at a polling location in Nov. 2019. He was accused of violating Virginia Code 24.2-604, which prohibits and limits certain activities at polling places.

“I did what scores of legislators do throughout the Commonwealth - we bring donuts or sandwiches or pizzas to the interior poll workers, thanking them for getting up at 4:30 a.m. and staying till 7:30 p.m., and that’s what I did at this precinct,” said Morrissey. “I walked in and gave them donuts, contrary to what was reported, I did not interact with any voters inside the voting precinct.”

A judge ruled all three charges “Nolle Prosequi” in a hearing on Jan. 8, 2020. That does not mean technically mean the charges were dropped, just set aside.

The dismissal comes after Morrissey and his attorney filed a motion earlier in the week along with six affidavits from 2019 poll workers who defend the senator’s behavior. The affidavits went on to claim Morrissey that Morrissey greeted them “in a polite, cordial, and totally appropriate manner when he offered them donuts for their hard work.”

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