U.S. District Judge Richard L. Williams ordered Virginia officials to protect any overseas ballots arriving after 7 p.m. on Election Day pending the resolution of a lawsuit filed by the McCain campaign.
William H. Hurd, a Richmond lawyer representing the McCain campaign, said that some jurisdictions in the state did not send absentee ballots out to the military 45 days in advance of the election as required and that, as a result, some may be returned late. Judge Williams seemed to think that was a problem with an easy solution, but the newly-appointed lawyer for the defendant election officials had no authority to promise how late ballots would be handled.
As reported by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, another hearing in the matter is set for Nov. 10, if necessary.
Posted by Peter Vieth