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City of Roanoke checking voter records after report of district errors

ROANOKE, Va. – A Washington Post report citing voting errors has election offices in Roanoke city and Roanoke County scrutinizing their records.

Areas in the city like Plantation Road were highlighted in the Washington Post as places where incorrect votes may have been cast.

The city's Registrar's Office is checking and double-checking voter records and addresses to determine whether some city voters cast ballots in the wrong House of Delegates district. 

"I immediately asked a bunch of questions and asked for a complete listing of what they had for Roanoke city, so we are currently investigating that to find out which House district these voters belong in," said Andrew Cochran, general registrar for the city of Roanoke.

The concerns were raised by a Washington Post report that cited issues all across the commonwealth. Cochran says right now, the office is looking closely at the citywide precinct alignment that went into effect at the end of 2015. 

"I'm looking at these specific addresses to see whether the House district flipped when we realigned precincts," said Cochran. 

Roanoke County is joining in on the research--a ripple effect of the report. Both the city and county will be looking at street file listings, overlaps and any new construction that's been missed.  

"There are a lot of changes that have taken place in the last 10 years, and we do our best to keep up with them, but obviously, there are limitations to that," said Anna Cloeter, general registrar for Roanoke County. 

"Most of our things are left side of the street and right side of the street, so when you have cul-de-sacs and other geographic anomalies, it gets a little more difficult in assigning those," said Cochran.

Cochran says the next election involving the House of Delegates is not until 2019, so the office has some time to fix any issues. Cochran says anyone who voted in the wrong district will be notified by the office in the next few weeks.

To read the Washington post story, click here.