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Voter Registrar Bogged Down with Campaign Requests

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There are still three more weeks to go before Election Day but the people responsible for running Virginia's elections say they feel like they can't do their jobs. Voter registrars say campaigns and political parties are distracting them from the task at hand.

Charlottesville Registrar Sheri Iachetta says she is frustrated because she feels like she can't do her job.

"Let us get to Election Day, give us the opportunity to do what we're supposed to do," said Iachetta.

She and other registrars say they're being bombarded with phone calls, emails, and open information requests from both gubernatorial campaigns ahead of Election Day.

"Where is your canvas going to be? What are your security plans?," said Iachetta. "You get phone calls from the campaigns asking the same questions every single day - five, six, seven times," said Iachetta.

In a federal or presidential election, registrars say these questions are expected.

"We prepare for it. I budget knowing that we'll have to spend extra time doing things like this," said Iachetta.

But this year, Iachetta says they're working overtime to prepare for the election and answer repeated requests.

"It is a diversion, it's just not right," said Iachetta. "I think that they're either not well organized, and the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing. Or they're trying to trip us up."

Charlottesville will be ready come November 5. But Iachetta says she doesn't expect things to get any easier.

"What I'm most frustrated about is that people are not trusting us," said Iachetta. "If you can't trust us, because we're the ones administering the election, then you've got a problem."

In response, the Democratic Party of Virginia tells NBC29: "This is an election where Ken Cuccinelli is both a candidate for Governor and an official whose job it is to provide legal counsel to the office that oversees the election for Governor. The Democratic Party of Virginia has full faith in our registrars, but In light of Cuccinelli's blatant conflict of interest, we have requests for public information that will help ensure that every legal vote is counted accurately. We are working with the state board and the local registrars to obtain the information we requested in a way that is least cumbersome for election officials but ensures that all Virginians' right to vote is protected."

Republicans and the Cuccinelli campaign did not yet respond to a request for comment.

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