Elkton Hopefuls Missed By State Make Ballot
Registrar Says Large Workload Likely Culprit
HARRISONBURG — A bottleneck of paperwork at the Virginia State Board of Elections has likely put the agency behind in listing candidates for local and federal races on its online ballot.
Elkton Councilman Joshua Gooden is seeking a two-year term as mayor of the town, but was not listed as a candidate on the board’s 2014 general election ballot on its website as of Wednesday night, a full day after the filing deadline.
Additionally, Randell Snow, a former Elkton Town Council member, filed to run for both a seat on the panel and the mayor’s post, but he was only listed as candidate for mayor on the official online ballot as of Wednesday afternoon.
The local registrar’s office said the state agency’s workload this past week is likely to blame.
“As far as the process goes, after verifying the paperwork and the petition information on our end, we submit it to the state board, and someone in that office has to manually verify the information and qualify the individual as a candidate,” said Jennifer Frederick, Rockingham County assistant voter registrar. “It’s possible that their office was slammed with processing [Tuesday] night and updates haven’t shown up online.”
Incumbent Elkton Mayor Roy Gene Davis decided not to seek re-election this year.
In addition to Gooden and Snow, former mayor and current Councilman Wayne Printz is vying to succeed Davis.
Candidates for Grottoes Town Council and mayor also did not appear on the state website Tuesday night, but they were listed Wednesday morning.
Local candidates aren’t the only ones the elections board has yet to list on its online ballot.
Ed Gillespie, the Republican nominee to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, also was not listed as a candidate as of Wednesday.
Rockingham County Voter Registrar Lisa Gooden confirmed the candidacy of both Snow and Joshua Gooden, who’s halfway through his first four-year term on council.
“Both are official candidates and met the criteria ... Joshua Gooden for mayor and Randell Snow for mayor and Town Council,” said Lisa Gooden, who is Joshua Gooden’s mother.
Lisa Gooden said the State Board of Elections handled 11 primaries and two local elections in other areas of the state Tuesday, which is probably the reason the online ballot hadn’t been updated for Rockingham County and other races.
She also said Snow has until 5 p.m. Tuesday to choose between the Elkton mayoral or Town Council candidacy, as he’s not allowed to run for both.
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