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Former Virginia Election Official Faces Corruption Charges


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A former Virginia public official who once headed an election office was indicted this week on corruption charges, authorities said.

“The office of state Attorney General Jason Miyares said a grand jury indicted former Prince William County General Registrar Michele White on two felonies and one misdemeanor charge,” Fox News reported.

The Virginia Attorney General’s Office did not outline specifics of the alleged crimes.

WTOP reported:

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She is accused of corrupt conduct as an election official, false statement by an election official and willful neglect of duty as an election official, during the time period of August to December 2020.

White was the general registrar from 2015 until she resigned in April 2021, InsideNova reported. She resigned after an emergency meeting of the county’s electoral board in March 2021, just weeks before the primary elections, Prince William Times reported. The meeting discussed her time at the office of elections.

Miyares’ office had no further comment on the cases, which are open and ongoing, the statement said.

The Office of Elections said in a statement obtained by The Associated Press that White’s conduct “did not impact the outcome of any election contest.”

The statement said Eric Olsen, the current director of elections/general registrar, reported “discrepancies” to the Commissioner of Elections and State Board of Elections earlier this year, which led to the investigation by Miyares.

“In 2020, the county set records for early and absentee ballots cast and coincided with changes in state laws that expanded access to early voting, according to the newspaper,” Fox News noted.



 

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