Votes Exceed Voters In Chesterfield Primary County

February 22, 2008

(AP) The State Board of Elections says an investigation has found that there were more votes than voters for the presidential primary in Chesterfield County.

Problems at the polls, including long lines and handwritten ballots, led the board to investigate the county's handling of the February 12th primary.

The county must re-evaluate its results and provide a corrected statement and an explanation for the discrepancies by Monday morning.

County officials said 62,053 of the county's 90,000 registered voters participated in the primaries. More than 38,000 ballots were cast for Democratic candidates, with Barack Obama soundly beating Hillary Clinton, the Electoral Board reported.

Nine Chesterfield precincts ran out of Democratic ballots, and election officials allowed some voters to cast ballots by writing their votes on blank pieces of paper.

The county board was to meet today to review the state's request. The primary results are required to be certified Tuesday by the state board.

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