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Fairfax County Board calls for full inquiry into botched state elections mailing

A Fairfax County Office of Elections ballot drop box from 2021 (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeff McKay is calling on a full investigation into an incorrect elections mailing that was sent to 25,000 voters in the towns of Herndon, Clifton and Vienna.

At a board meeting earlier today (Tuesday), the board unanimously agreed to a move by McKay to call on the county’s General Assembly delegation for an inquiry into the botched mailing. Residents were directed to an incorrect polling location in the City of Fairfax.

McKay called the issue “the worst breach of election integrity” he has seen in the county.”

Late last week, the Fairfax County Office of Elections sent letters to affected residents providing correct voter information. The Virginia Department of Elections attributed the mistake to a “printing issue.””

“In spite of our staff’s efforts to distribute accurate information as widely and as quickly as possible, they still fielded a large number of calls from voters confused by this incorrect mailing at a time that is already extremely busy as the election process is underway,” the letter states.

The letter further states that a full investigation is necessary to restore and maintain public confidence in the state’s democratic system.

“The factors that led to this mailing, as well as detailed findings of the investigation, must be publicly released, along with any recommended corrective actions, so Virginians can understand what happened and ensure that it never happens again,” the letter states.