Mary “Ken” Rinker is 61, a lifelong Virginian who lives in Botetourt County. She’s a regular voter but she’s feeling a little sketchy about the upcoming gubernatorial election.
She’s not bemoaning what seems like the rotten choice between two flawed major-party candidates. She didn’t tell me for whom she’s going to vote. Instead, Rinker’s afraid of potential shenanigans that could affect the election’s outcome one way or another.
She wants it to be fair, and there are a few reasons she’s concerned it might not be. We talked Wednesday and Friday about those. One is what Rinker called a recent, Richmond-ordered “voter purge.” That’s not the way state officials are characterizing it.
On Aug. 23, the State Board of Elections sent a list of 57,000 registered-but-suspect voters to the 133 registrars around the state. It was derived from a cross-check of voter registration rolls in more than 20 other states.
The cross-check was mandated by a law the Virginia General Assembly passed earlier this year. This is the first year Virginia has done interstate cross-check, said Justin Riemer, a spokesman for the board.
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