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Rogue Stafford County Registrar Goes “Into Hiding,” Takes Down Twitter and Facebook Accounts

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Earlier today, DPVA Vice Chair for Rules Marc Broklawski posted: “If anyone knows the whereabouts of Greg Riddlemoser, Stafford County Registrar, let me know. Instead of making sure that any servicemembers ballots are counted and providing the provisional ballot logs that he’s now (and previously) been directed to provide (and all other localities have provided), he has decided to go into hiding. Why is Greg going to such lengths if he has nothing to hide? If he refuses to fulfill his duties, the Electoral Board should fire him and get someone that will. This is ridiculous. This is how I’ve been spending the last 72 hours.” Meanwhile, as you can see below, people have been pounding the Stafford County Registrar’s Twitter account, demanding that the military ballots be counted. The response of Stafford County’s (Republican) Registrar?  Apparently, to not just “go into hiding” but to take down the Registrar’s Office’s social media accounts. See below…crazy, huh?  For a lot more detail on this story, click here.



  • WTF?

    STATEMENT OF STAFFORD COUNTY REGISTRAR REGARDING 2017 GENERAL ELECTION ABSENTEE BALLOT HANDLING PROCEDURES

    Press Release:

    STAFFORD, Virginia – November 11, 2017 – Greg Riddlemoser, General Registrar of Stafford County, Virginia, issued the following statements about rumors and public speculation regarding the handling of 2017 Virginia General Election absentee ballots by his office:

    “There has been a tremendous amount of mistaken reporting and discussion relating to my office’s handling of absentee ballots in last week’s election. First, I can categorically deny that any ballots, much less over 1,000 ballots as reported by certain outlets, have been destroyed or thrown away by me, the Stafford County Electoral Board, or the staff of the Registrar’s office. Any such allegation or insinuation is 100% false.

    “I believe the apparent controversy is a result of misunderstanding what my office, and what the Stafford County Electoral Board, can lawfully do. Under Virginia law, (see code citation), we can only count those absentee ballots that were returned to the Registrar’s office by 7:00 pm on the day of the election – the same time the other polls close.

    “On election day last Tuesday, my office received our final pre-election delivery of absentee ballots by the United States Postal Service at approximately 6:30 pm. We followed all normal procedures with those ballots, including by, later in the evening on election day, counting all those that were properly returned.

    “As with all elections, we responded to timely requests for absentee ballots, and mailed out approximately 1,100 more ballots this year than were completed and returned to us by the 7:00 pm deadline on Tuesday. While this is a larger than normal number of unreturned ballots, it is not uncharacteristic given the overall turnout numbers for this election. With every election, my office typically continues to receive late absentee ballots for weeks – and sometimes even months- after an election has come and gone. We cannot count these ballots without an order of a court competent jurisdiction, and instead store them, (unopened) in a secure manner in the custody of the Stafford County Clerk of Court.

    “This includes the roughly 55 absentee ballots that were not received from the USPS by my office until Wednesday, November 8, the day after the deadline by which they had to have been received in order to be counted. Contrary to some reports, these ballots were not ‘military’ ballots per se, but rather a collection of all types of absentee ballots that happened to be in the postal pipeline at that same time.

    “I should note that questions around these late absentee ballots are separate and apart from the issues surrounding provisional ballots, which will be addressed by the Stafford County Electoral Board on Monday, November 13th.

    “I have been privileged to be the General Registrar for the voters of Stafford County since 2011. It is my honor to help ensure fair, transparent, lawful, and efficient elections. I remain at the service of the Electoral Board Chairman Doug Filler and the other members of the Board, as we continue to work together to achieve these aims with a steadfast commitment to integrity.

    Media Contact:
    Greg Riddlemoser
    registrar@staffordcounty va.gov