NAACP files suit over voter instructions in undecided race

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A civil rights group has filed a lawsuit over voter instructions in a Virginia county where a crucial election race remains undecided.

The Washington Post reported Monday that the NAACP’s suit in Stafford County is trying to stop officials from declaring a winner in a House of Delegates race.

Joshua Cole, Democratic candidate for delegate in the 28th district, gets a hug from Rachel Campbell, secretary of the Stafford NAACP, outside the Stafford County Government building in Stafford, Va. on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. (Mike Morones/The Free Lance-Star via AP)

The NAACP claims election officials gave “conflicting and misleading instructions” to voters.

At the heart of the lawsuit is the race to fill the House seat being vacated by retiring Speaker William J. Howell, a Republican.

The Republican candidate, Robert Thomas, is ahead of Democrat Joshua Cole by 86 votes.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of residents Terry Caldwell and Rachel Watsky. They were required to use provisional ballots.

The Stafford NAACP isn’t the only chapter in Virginia to take an active stand in current politics.

The NAACP chapter in Rockbridge County recently re-formed in reaction to the current presidential administration and Confederate monument controversy. The chapter is headquartered in Lexington. Va., and its members expect the chapter to be fully recognized by the end of the 2017 calendar year.