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Challenger to Va. House Speaker Says Policy Change Unfair

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP)- The woman trying to unseat Virginia House Speaker William J. Howell in next month's GOP primary says the board of elections has given her opponent an unfair advantage.

Susan Stimpson says she wasn't properly notified of the board's recent decision on absentee voting policy.

At a May 13 meeting, the board clarified that voters could submit electronic signatures on absentee ballot request forms. The clarification came after requests from Howell's campaign, whose website has a page that allows voters to requests absentee ballots with electronic signatures. A spokesman for Howell said the campaign was just doing due diligence by asking the board for clarification.

But Stimpson said she wasn't properly notified of the board's actions, which put her at an unfair disadvantage.

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