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Family concerned over dead relative’s absentee ballot application

Posted at 6:51 PM, May 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-04 18:51:16-04

WAVERLY, Va. -- Dora Leicester, 78,  is concerned about her husband's signature on a Virginia absentee ballot application dated February 9, 2016. That's just nine days before 86-year-old Sydney Leicester died.

"He did not sign that, he didn't sign that at all," Leicester said.

Both Dora and her daughter Jeannie said it would have been impossible for him to sign for several reasons.

"I'm the one that usually fills them out but this is not my handwriting," said daughter Jeannie Leicester. "I'm positive this is not my handwriting and that's not even my daddy's handwriting."

Dora added that his signature would look like chicken scratch.

The Virginia absentee ballot application can be given by anyone to any registered voter who meets the requirements of not being able to vote on election day.

Once the form is returned to the registrar, a ballot will be mailed to the registered voter in a special envelope, which is to be mailed back in a special envelope.

There was a very low voter turnout in the Waverly elections on Tuesday, in fact, some living in town say they didn't even realize it was election day.

Others have concerns about the validity of some of the absentee ballots that were cast.

"My biggest concern is if the ballots were valid," said Kevin Jones, who lost his town council seat in Tuesday's election.

Kayda Thornton, who won a seat on town council is also concerned and would like an investigation into Tuesday's election.

Several people tell CBS 6 they have reached out to the State Board of Elections and to both the Sussex County Registrar and Commonwealth's Attorney.

The registrar tells CBS 6  that Tuesday's election results were certified on Wednesday.

The Commonwealth's Attorney Lyndia Ramsey told CBS 6 she has no comment.