Update — the State Board of Elections requested last night that the attorney general open an investigation into this matter.
We wanted to provide you an update on the status of our call for an investigation of the Moran for Congress campaign. We have been informed by the Attorney General’s office that the AG’s office does not have the authority to launch an investigation of potential voter fraud and other election matters unless explicitly requested to do so by the State Board of Elections, a local commonwealth’s attorney, or a local electoral board member (see Virginia Code § 24.2-104).
Although the Attorney General has stated that he believes the Office of the Attorney General should have concurrent authority with commonwealth’s attorneys to investigate and prosecute violations of our election laws, that is not the current law.
This means that the only way an investigation of the Moran campaign possible voter fraud issues can take place at the Attorney General level is if the State Board of Elections (SBE) requests it. Yesterday, we asked the SBE to request such an investigation (see our letter below), so the decision is now entirely in the SBE’s hands.
We will continue to keep you posted with any updates.
8th District Chairman