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Virginia: statewide voter file has many mistakes

Media General News Service reports: Voting registrars say a new statewide computerized voter registration system is so flawed that potential voters will be at best inconvenienced and at worst not allowed to vote on Election Day.

The State Board of Elections has reminded registrars in all 134 voting jurisdictions that provisional ballots could be offered as an alternative if names donít match up with the poll books.

In a provisional ballot, a person could vote and election officials would check the day after the election to see whether the person is, indeed, registered to vote.

The election is Nov. 6. Because there are no statewide races, turnout is expected to be low. Voters will elect members of the General Assembly, boards of supervisors, school board members and constitutional officers.

But with a slew of candidates to choose among in many localities, registrars are worried that incorrect poll books will prolong the voting process. -- State's registrars reporting registration errors

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