House GOP attorneys urge SBE to fulfill statutory duty, certify elections

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Attorneys for Virginia House of Delegates Speaker-designee Kirk Cox, the House Republican Caucus and Delegate-elect Bob Thomas sent a letter to the State Board of Elections Tuesday urging the board to fulfill its statutory duty to certify the election results in House Districts 28 and 88. Cox, House leaders, and Delegate-elect Thomas are considering legal action to compel the Board to fulfill its ministerial duty to certify election results.

“There are no fewer than four cases and 50 years of Virginia legal precedent that make crystal clear the State Board of Elections’ statutory obligation to certify the election results presented to them by local electoral boards,” said Speaker-designee Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights). “The State Board’s responsibilities are ministerial, and we are considering legal action to compel the Board to fulfill its duties should they fail to do so on Wednesday. The letter sent today lays out clearly for the Board its responsibilities and the legal precedent before us. We are once again calling on the Board to do its duty and immediately certify the elections, consistent with the Code.”

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