NAACP files law­suit over voter in­struc­tions in un­de­cided race

The Progress-Index - - NATION & WORLD - By The As­so­ci­ated Press

RICH­MOND — A civil rights group has filed a law­suit over voter in­struc­tions in a Vir­ginia county where a cru­cial race re­mains un­de­cided.

The Wash­ing­ton Post re­ported Mon­day that the NAACP’s suit in Stafford County is try­ing to stop of­fi­cials from declar­ing a win­ner in a House of Del­e­gates race.

The out­come could de­ter­mine which party con­trols the cham­ber in Rich­mond.

The NAACP claims elec­tion of­fi­cials gave "con­flict­ing and mis­lead­ing in­struc­tions" to vot­ers.

At the heart of the law­suit is the race to fill the House seat be­ing va­cated by re­tir­ing Speaker Wil­liam J. How­ell, a Repub­li­can.

The Repub­li­can can­di­date, Robert Thomas, is ahead of Demo­crat Joshua Cole by 86 votes.

The law­suit was filed on be­half of res­i­dents Terry Cald­well and Rachel Watsky.

They were re­quired to use pro­vi­sional bal­lots.

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