Prince William County fully funded budget requests for Tuesday’s election, the Electoral Board said in a statement Thursday, seeking to debunk claims from some Democrats that long lines were intentional to suppress voter turnout.
It remains unknown how an initial request for $350,000 from the county registrar was later retracted, and it’s unclear whether that money could have been used to buy voting machines.
The worst reported case of long lines Tuesday was at Potomac Middle School in Dumfries at the River Oaks precinct, where voters said they had wait times of more than four hours. Democrats have said the Democratic-leaning district with a large minority population might have been targeted.
Supervisor Frank J. Principi (D-Woodbridge) said in an interview at the site Tuesday that the $350,000 request never made it past county staff members to the Board of County Supervisors for a full vote. It was initially presented at a “budget congress,” or meeting of county directors. A more formal request, however, was never made.