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Republican Corey A. Stewart, chairman of the county’s board of supervisors, was particularly angered that Cummings saw fit to pass judgment on Virginia’s process. Stewart accused Maryland of being one of the most corrupt states in the nation.
“You have these two disgusting congressmen trying to spread their partisan poison from Washington to Virginia,” Stewart said in a phone interview. He was not at the forum, which did not feature any Republican participation.
Mr. Stewart, who is running for lieutenant governor, acknowledged that the long lines were unacceptable and said the county has appointed a bipartisan election commission to look at the problems. He said state law may need to be changed to give counties more flexibility to use paper ballots, though some counties such as Fairfax already do so. Mr. Stewart, who has frequently been at odds with Mr. Connolly, said he does not support any kind of federal legislation.
“The last thing we need to fix the problem is interference from Washington,” he said.
Mr. Connolly said he does not believe the problems are unique to Prince William County — the forum also featured testimony from an Arlington County voter who also waited three hours. But he said Virginia and other states have a legacy of running elections in ways that discourage participation, and that the issue is too important for Congress to ignore.
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