Special Prosecutor Reviewing Congressional Race Signatures

Controversy Arising In Virginia Beach-Area District

August 07, 2018 - 5:22 pm

Virginia Beach, Va (WRVA.com) - A special prosecutor has been appointed to look into potential fraud in the Second District Congressional Race, which includes areas of Virginia Beach.  Questions have arisen over signatures gathered by staffers of Congressman Scott Taylor (R_ for independent candidate Shaun Brown.

The signatures appear to potentially include one from a man who passed away, as well as another from a voter who moved out of the area a few years ago.  Delegate Glenn Davis (R-Virginia Beach), also says his name appears to be on there both spelled wrong and with the wrong address.  Taylor wants Brown in the race to potentially take votes from Democratic Candidate Elaine Luria.

Christopher Newport University Political Expert Quentin Kidd says this appears to be a "completely unncessary mistake" by Taylor and his staff to try and get Brown on the ballot.  Kidd says the district leaned Republican before the controversy, although now, the race may be tighter.  

The Roanoke Commonwealth's Attorney will be handling the case because of potential conflicts with the Virginia Beach Commonwealth's Attorney's Office.