The McCain campaign filed suit claiming that absentee ballots were not mailed to the state's military members serving overseas in time for them to arrive back to Virginia today, the legal deadline. This afternoon the case's judge ruled that late-arriving ballots must be retained.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A federal judge has ordered election officials in Virginia to preserve late-arriving absentee ballots that Republican John McCain's campaign claims should be counted.Now, suppose the in-person vote tally in Virginia today comes down to Obama leading by only few thousand votes. The absentee ballots would be crucial to the fortunes of either camp.
The McCain campaign says in a lawsuit that absentee ballots weren't mailed on time to many military members serving overseas.
The complaint asks the court to order the state to count absentee ballots from overseas troops postmarked by Tuesday and received by Nov. 14. The deadline for ballots to be received is 7 p.m. on Election Day.
U.S. District Judge Richard Williams said Tuesday that he will hear the lawsuit on Nov. 10. He ordered election officials to keep the late-arriving ballots until then.
Is it possible that the election could swing on those votes? Personally, I don't think so, but the night is still young.