- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - An official says the Virginia Department of Elections has spent over $62,000 on a required party affiliation statement that the Republican Party of Virginia requested, but now wants scrapped.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/1QaMbFT ) the expense covers the printing and mailing of nearly 3 million forms that, at the party’s request, state elections officials were requiring all GOP primary voters to complete before casting a ballot.

Martin Mash, a policy adviser for the elections agency, provided the costs Tuesday.

A Virginia Republican party committee voted Saturday to ask the state not to implement the statement for the March 1 GOP presidential primary.

State Republican Party spokesman David D’Onofrio says the party offered to cover the printing costs but the state didn’t act on the offer.

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