WASHINGTON — At least 147 people voted in the wrong Virginia House of Delegates race in Fredericksburg and Stafford County, new documents prepared for the State Board of Elections show.
This is the first confirmation that the voter assignment issues also apply to some Stafford County residents, in addition to people in the city of Fredericksburg.
While some of the voters identified as assigned to the wrong House district live within a few hundred yards of the correct district line, others are somewhat farther away in spots where pure mapping mistakes become a less likely cause of the issues.
The Department of Elections conclusions were developed by manually checking addresses of voters, which identified at least 384 registered voters wrongly assigned to either the 28th or 88th district, then comparing those names against voter rolls from Nov. 7.
Of the 384 voters, 110 were wrongly assigned to the 88th District but should be in the 28th; 207 were wrongly assigned to the 28th but should be in the 88th; and 67 were wrongly assigned to the 28th but should be in a third neighboring district, the 2nd.
The analysis concludes 125 voters incorrectly voted in the 28th District, where the State Board of Elections is due to certify results Monday that show Republican Bob Thomas leading Democrat Joshua Cole by 82 votes.
It finds 22 voters wrongly cast ballots in the 88th House of Delegates District, where Republican Mark Cole won re-election by 4,104 votes. There is no way for elections officials to know which candidate any of these voters cast ballots for.
The Department of Elections emphasized in its conclusions that it has limited resources and is not directly responsible for the House District assignments, and so does not do any type of audits of the system.
The statewide voter registration address list is not checked against a map regularly, unless specific requests are made for assistance. The department also only began using modern digital mapping technology last year, so there could be misassigned voters in other parts of the state.
The voters wrongly assigned in Stafford County live at:
- 100-810 Stafford Glen Court (Stafford) — These voters were placed in the wrong district (88th) in 2011, shortly after new maps were drawn.
- 153-539 Garrisonville Road (Stafford) — These voters were placed in the wrong district in 2011 and remained there in an update in 2016.
- 1-93 Key Way (Fredericksburg address, but in Stafford County) — State registration information for voters on this small street was changed from 28th to 88th, then back again over a period of a few months during the 2011 redistricting process.
- 1-37 Runyon Drive (Stafford) — This street just outside of the 28th District has been listed inside it since at least August 2012.
- 0-110 Bellingham Drive (Stafford) — This street has been listed in the 2nd House District since 2012.
- 3-26 Ocala Way (Stafford) — Voters on this street have been variously assigned to the 28th and 88th districts through a series of changes made in the spring of 2015 and the spring of 2016 after some conflicting updates in 2011 and 2012.
- 10-47 Rapidan Drive — Voters on this small stretch of road have been assigned to the 2nd House District since 2013.
The voters wrongly assigned in Fredericksburg live at:
- 5321-5517 River Road (Fredericksburg) — These voters were wrongly assigned to the 28th District in 2012.
- 501-709 and 800-908 Charlotte Street (Fredericksburg) — While not all voters in these street segments were assigned to the wrong district (in some cases, it was just the even side), those that had been were wrongly assigned to the 28th or 88th district in August 2012.
- 900-921 Sunken Road (Fredericksburg) — Three out of four voters here were wrongly added to the 28th District in April 2015.
- 1001-1715 Charles Street (Fredericksburg) — The voters on the odd side of this street segment are clearly within the 28th District but were instead assigned to the 88th through a series of updates made in 2012, 2015 and 2016. The block was properly entered in the 28th District during the initial 2011 redistricting process before being wrongly changed in early 2012.