The Potomac News is reporting that Julie Lucas has officially filed her appeal in the contest for the 51st House Dist. nomination. According to the article:
Lucas sent the appeal to the 51st District Republican Committee, which only has one member: Tom Kopko, chairman of the Prince William County Republican Committee.
“There’s many, many potential human errors in here that all have to be looked at,” Kopko said. “Then there’s the intentional errors that could have been introduced.”
So far, he’s hasn’t made a determination because he’s still investigating committee rules and past methods of dealing with overvotes.
“I certainly plan to be thorough,” Kopko said.
He said there is no deadline to make a decision on Lucas’ appeal, but said he will provide one soon.
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Once Kopko renders his decision, Lucas has the opportunity to appeal to the 11th Congressional District Committee, led by Becky Stoeckel.
Kopko is also a member of the 12-person congressional committee.
Stoeckel attended the June 2 convention and criticized the procedures used to disseminate and count ballots.
“Believe me, if I had anything to do with that convention directly I would have made sure it was run squeaky clean,” she said. “I wouldn’t want an appeal in my lap.”
The controversy surrounding the overvotes in the 51st House of Delegates convention has given the Republicans’ favored process of picking a nominee a black eye.
She said she supports Lucas’ appeal and thinks that the two precincts with inexplicable overvotes should be disqualified.
“If someone can put three extra ballots in, they could easily put in 10,” she said.
There would be no way of knowing if that happened, she said, since the ballots are anonymous.
Kopko said the committees must make a decision at least 60 days before the Nov. 6 election.
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Lucas can appeal her case beyond the congressional committee to the Republican Party of Virginia.
Unlike Lucas, Stoeckel said she’s a fan of the convention process.
The Republican committee chose to nominate its candidate for the 51st House of Delegates through a convention, instead of holding a primary election on June 12.
“In a lot of ways I feel sorry for Faisal because his victory is tainted because the process was flawed,” Stoeckel said. “It could be overzealous newcomers, it could be very innocent or it could be very sinister.”
We’ll see what happens next. Stay tuned!