Repost from The Virginia Star.
The Office of the Attorney General is investigating allegations from the Richmond City Republican Committee (RCRC) that two Democrats from the Richmond Electoral Board opened election result envelopes without a Republican observer present, according to ABC8 News.
“Electoral Board members James Nachman and Joyce Smith opened sealed returns of some precincts in the early morning hours of November 4th, without a proper meeting of the Electoral Board and without party observers. Joyce Smith subsequently lied about her participation,” the RCRC alleged in an April statement to the State Board of Elections.
Elizabeth Butler, a member of the RCRC and of the Republican Party of Virginia’s governing body, the State Central Committee, told The Virginia Star that she and RCRC Chair Hayden Fisher first brought their concerns to the State Board in February. The documents the RCRC presented to the State Board of Elections include quotes from precinct officials alleging that Nachman and Smith opened the envelopes of the 115th precinct, claims that Nachman and Smith deny.
“All of these stated allegations are untrue,” Nachman wrote in an April 12 letter to the State Board of Elections. “The allegations in Hayden Fisher’s complaint are not only false, but are primarily based on unreliable double or triple hearsay.”