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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - Justin Riemer
The Virginia State Board of Elections is asking Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II to investigate possible fraud on paperwork submitted by the presidential campaign of Constitution Party candidate and former Congressman Virgil H. Goode Jr. of Virginia, who some predict could serve as a spoiler for Mitt Romney in the critical swing state.
Mitt Romney's campaign has asked Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli to launch an investigation into a nonprofit group's mailing of voter registration materials to ineligible voters in the state -- including cats, dogs, infants and, yes, the dead.
With Gov. Bob McDonnell's blessing, Virginia is the latest in a growing number of states that have adopted voter-identification laws ahead of the 2012 elections — though he managed to add a fairly significant twist.
More than 427,000 voters submitted absentee ballots before the statutory cutoff date of seven days before the election, although some exceptions were made because of last week's storm, said Justin Riemer, deputy secretary of the Virginia State Board of Elections.
"The purpose behind [absentee] voting is not necessarily to thin out the crowds on Election Day," Mr. Riemer said.