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Election Official: Lists of Registered Voters in Virginia are Inaccurate

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Department of Voter Registration and Elections in Albemarle County (FILE) Department of Voter Registration and Elections in Albemarle County (FILE)
Clara Belle Wheeler, vice chair of the Virginia State Board of Elections. Clara Belle Wheeler, vice chair of the Virginia State Board of Elections.
57th District Delegate David Toscano (D) 57th District Delegate David Toscano (D)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

The vice chair of elections in Virginia says the voting system needs some fine tuning. The official says work can be done to prevent voting fraud ahead of the next election cycle.

Clara Belle Wheeler, the vice chair of the Virginia State Board of Elections, says that president-elect Donald Trump wasn’t completely misguided when he claimed there was voter fraud in the commonwealth.

“I would say one of the problems that we have in Virginia is that our voting list - our lists of registered voters - are inaccurate,” Wheeler said.

Wheeler wants state lawmakers to place more emphasis on cleaning up potential voter fraud.

She says, “Virginia voluntarily, but by code, we must participate in two cross-check systems.” However, Wheeler believes that system isn’t enough.

“The problem is we don't have good records across state lines. So, if you register in Albemarle and you move to Maryland there's nothing in Maryland that prevents you from registering, and then you're registered in two places and you vote twice, which is clearly illegal, unfair, and needs to be stopped,” Wheeler explained.

57th District Delegate David Toscano (D) agrees there are holes in the system: “We have a pretty effective system. It can always be made better,” he said.

The delegate adds, “The incidents of voter fraud in Virginia is negligible.”

“We were finding that people were registered at five or six different places. Well, that means they can vote in five or six different places,” said Wheeler.

Both officials agree there is a solution

“I hope the Republicans and the Democrats would both agree that the integrity of the system is critical, and if you need to put resources to maintain the integrity of the system you put the dollar resources in to do that right. Right now there hasn't been much of an appetite to do that in Richmond, but we have to change that if we want to maintain the integrity of the system,” Toscano said.

Both Toscano and Wheeler say that there were not enough incidents in Virginia to make a recount necessary.

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