After $9.5K FOIA bill, NAACP releases records on Virginia’s election integrity unit

Virginia NAACP President Robert N. Barnette Jr. outside the civil-rights group’s office in...
Virginia NAACP President Robert N. Barnette Jr. outside the civil-rights group’s office in Richmond.(Graham Moomaw, Virginia Mercury)
Published: Nov. 30, 2022 at 7:53 AM EST
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A message Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares’ office sent out in late August in response to “election integrity” complaints included a clear statement that state attorneys had no evidence of widespread fraud in 2020 and, therefore, no reason to stop the legally mandated destruction of ballots two years after the election. The Aug. 24 email also included a line that struck at least one right-wing activist as big news.

“Attorney General Miyares has created an election integrity unit composed of attorneys and investigators that will work closely with law enforcement to ensure that future elections are conducted pursuant to law and at the highest level of integrity,” the email said.

On Aug. 30, a response came from Virginians for America First, a pro-Trump group founded by Republican congressional candidate Leon Benjamin, a Richmond-area pastor who invoked Satan and “spiritual war” as he spoke at a Stop the Steal rally outside the Virginia Department of Elections in November 2020.

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NBC12 is a partner with The Virginia Mercury, an independent, nonprofit online news organization covering state government and policy.(Virginia Mercury)