Former Prince William County registrar indicted

A former general registrar in Prince William County, Virginia, is facing felony and misdemeanor charges.

The office of Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares said Wednesday that a grand jury has indicted Michele White.

She is accused of corrupt conduct as an election official, false statement by an election official and willful neglect of duty as an election official, during the time period of August to December 2020.

White was the general registrar from 2015 until she resigned in April 2021, InsideNova reported. She resigned after an emergency meeting of the county’s electoral board in March 2021, just weeks before the primary elections, Prince William Times reported. The meeting discussed her time at the office of elections.

Miyares’ office had no further comment on the cases, which are open and ongoing, the statement said.

The Office of Elections said in a statement obtained by The Associated Press that White’s conduct “did not impact the outcome of any election contest.”

The statement said Eric Olsen, the current director of elections/general registrar, reported “discrepancies” to the Commissioner of Elections and State Board of Elections earlier this year, which led to the investigation by Miyares.

The statement also said Olsen and the electoral board this year have built a new leadership team that is dedicated to fair and accurate elections.

“Many improvements and best practices have been adopted to ensure a safe and transparent voting experience for the voters of Prince William County,” the statement said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Abigail Constantino

Abigail Constantino started her journalism career writing for a local newspaper in Fairfax County, Virginia. She is a graduate of American University and The George Washington University.

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