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FAIRFAX, VA (WWBT) -

An investigation is underway in Fairfax County by their Electoral Board because of a possible omission of ballots, according to the Washington Post.

The article describes irregularities between the number of residents who requested absentee ballots and the amount of ballots actually turned in the 8th District of Fairfax:

"In the 8th District, the state board shows that only 50 percent of those who requested ballots — 4,168 out of 8,363 requests — actually cast ballots, a response rate not only lower than the other portions of Fairfax County, but lower than any other congressional district in the state, according to the Connolly campaign."

The article goes on to mention that the particular district in question has a much higher rate of Democratic voters than the other districts in Fairfax, with 70 percent of voters in the 8th District voting for Mark Herring, the Democratic candidate for attorney general in Virginia.

"In other words," the article continues, "any discovery of previously uncounted absentee votes in the 8th District is likely to benefit Herring more than [Republican candidate Mark] Obenshain." The Post goes on to suggest the uncounted votes could number in the thousands.

Click here for the Washington Post article: "Possible discrepancy in Fairfax absentee votes could affect count in AG race"

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