Today, the Republican Party of Virginia secured an important legal victory in its lawsuit against the Prince William County Elections Office and Registrar for violating a Virginia law stating that all precincts must allow representatives chosen by both parties to serve as chiefs and assistant chiefs of polling locations. Some officers the Board had designated as “Republicans” had not been nominated by the Republican Party. The order will require that those designations be corrected.
The court correctly ruled that the Prince William County Elections Office may not exclude Republicans from both chief and assistant chief positions in any precinct and each precinct will now have one officer that represents each party.
Chairman Rich Anderson of the Republican Party of Virginia issued the following statement:
“No one is above the law, and the Prince William County Elections Office violated state law by denying Republicans equal opportunity to participate in the electoral process. The Republican Party believes that to be fair, honest, and open, elections must be conducted following every rule in place. The Code of Virginia sets out clear rules about the appointment of officers of election representing the political parties. I’m pleased that Judge Horne agreed with our position.”