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Voter registration ruckus: Lynchburg gets 1,060 delayed applications days before midterms


Virginia election officials found tens of thousands of unprocessed registration applications,  just days before the midterm election. (Credit: Kelsey Childress/WSET){p}{/p}
Virginia election officials found tens of thousands of unprocessed registration applications, just days before the midterm election. (Credit: Kelsey Childress/WSET)

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Virginia election officials found tens of thousands of unprocessed registration applications, just days before the midterm election.

The Lynchburg registrar's office said they have over 1,060 delayed applications to go through and a countdown on the clock.

Christine Gibbons, a Lynchburg registrar, said this all started the night of October 28.

They started getting unexpected voter registration applications into their system.

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"Deborah, who usually handles all of our voter registration applications was like 'Oh what's going on,'" Gibbons said.

Shortly after, she heard from the Department of Elections. They said tens of thousands of backlogged registrations got released from the DMV all at once.

The DMV sent those to the Richmond elections office, which forwarded them to local registrars. Gibbons said they had 1,060 new applications to go through.

"It is stressful because you do have a lot of other things we have to complete before the election and it's this week that a lot of voters start showing up," Gibbons said.

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"It's annoying. It would've been a lot nicer to get this info month by month just before the election," David Neumeyer, Chair of the Lynchburg electoral board, said.

He said when it comes down to what's behind this delay, it's a finger-pointing game.

"DMV says it's the state department of elections fault. The election office says it's the DMV who has not been releasing the information," Neumeyer said.

ABC13 tried to get some answers from both of those departments. We called the department of elections and left a message. We also emailed the DMV.

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We have not heard back from either department.

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Gibbons said they are getting through those applications quickly. As of Wednesday morning, they only 200 left to go through.

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