Earlier today, I had a chance to speak with Charles Crawford. Mr. Crawford is a resident of Great Falls, Virginia. He has been registered at his current precinct for over 20 years.
But when Mr. Crawford showed up to vote today, he was denied his ballot.
Mr. Crawford tells me he then went home, calling the state board of elections who told him they didn't know why he wasn't on the voter rolls. He then called the Fairfax County Board of Elections and found the problem.
Apparently Fairfax County Clerk John T. Frey, a Republican, had sent in to the electoral board "2,000 names" of people who had "not shown up for jury duty" to be removed as registered voters.
Mr. Crawford told the electoral board he had not received a letter for jury duty in years, and when he had to opt out some time ago it was because he was a member of the foreign service stationed overseas, and he sent in that information and received a letter back confirming that he had been waived from jury duty.
Because Mr. Crawford had been taken off the voter rolls, he was forced to cast a "conditional ballot". Under Virginia law his conditional ballot will be considered by the Fairfax County Electoral Board tomorrow. Under Virginia law, those boards include one Republican, one Democrat and one member of the Governor's party- meaning they are controlled by Republicans in every Virginia locality now. In Fairfax, the GOP appointed Hans Von Spakovsky who is nationally known for trying to impose strict new requirements on voters to lower turnout. Now Hans will be casting one of the three votes on whether to count Mr. Crawford's ballot tomorrow, along with hundreds or thousands of others who are forced to cast "conditional" ballots.
I've tried to reach John Frey for comment on his apparently faulty list, but haven't yet been able to do so. As soon as I reach him, I will update this story.