- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia elections officials have voted to throw out a party affiliation statement that the Republican Party of Virginia had planned to implement in the March 1 presidential primary.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/1PULgsE ) the Virginia Department of Elections voted Thursday to rescind the statement, which had been requested by the party late last year.

The statement would have required all GOP primary voters to sign a form to declare themselves Republicans before casting a ballot.

The attorney general’s office said the state has the legal authority to change the rule after voting has begun.

On Saturday, a Virginia Republican party committee asked the state not to implement the statement for the primary.

A state elections official says the agency spent more than $62,000 to print and mail the required paperwork.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, https://www.timesdispatch.com

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