Suit claims missing ballots, discrepancies

Published 6:16 pm Wednesday, December 15, 2021

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Five citizens from the Randolph and Saxe area have filed a lawsuit naming the County’s Voter Registrar, Board of Supervisors, and the Virginia Department of Elections as defendants.

Attorney John Jansen filed the claim in Charlotte County Circuit Court on Friday, Dec. 9, on behalf of the citizens who are calling themselves “The Five.”

According to the 16-page court document, the number one complaint made is that “there are known irregularities in the election that have led to Electoral Board Member Glenwood Dean Foster withdrawing his certification of the 2021 election due to missing ballots and discrepancies in the absentee ballot counts and the accounting of those ballots.”

According to the suit, allegedly, when Voter Registrar Eric Goode was initially confronted with these absentee ballot problems, he gave the Chair of the Democrat Party what appeared to be false reports.

According to documents on Nov. 12, a judge ordered Goode to produce the absentee ballot information.

Goode resigned his position just one week prior on Friday, Dec. 3, following a show-cause case between him and Foster.

That case stemmed from a protective order Goode took out on Foster in November.

In addition, the suit claims that Goode made several trips to see the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors after being questioned about missing ballots.

The Virginia Department of Elections has deemed the complaint to be unfounded.

“The Virginia Department of Elections was updated about the goings-on with the registrar and the Chair of the Board of Supervisors,” the suit states.

On Monday afternoon, Dec. 13, County Administrator Dan Witt confirmed that he was served a court summons in regard to “The Five” earlier in the day.

Witt said he had no comment on the issue.