October 18, 2022 12:01 am

Amid nationwide concerns about threats against election officials, Prince William Registrar Eric Olsen announced he was stepping down following the election over stress and a conflict with local Republicans. “It’s not a good time to be an election official right now,” he said. (Political cartoon by John Cole)

From The Virginia Mercury: “‘It’s not a good time to be an election official right now,’ Olsen said as he publicly announced his departure. ‘And I think there’s legitimate fear about what could come down the road for people who are just trying to do their jobs.’ … Democratic [Board of Election member Keith Scarborough] denounced the trend of election offices being inundated with Freedom of Information Act requests about the 2020 election. Those requests, he said, are a waste of time and money by people still hung up on ‘the big lie’ that widespread fraud occurred in 2020.”

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John Cole
John Cole

John Cole's political cartoons on Virginia government and politics appear on the Virginia Mercury on Fridays. He is currently the staff cartoonist for the editorial pages of The Times-Tribune in Scranton, PA. Prior to this, he enjoyed a nearly 20-year run with The Herald-Sun in Durham, NC, where he developed an affection for the state, its people and its politics. His award-winning work is internationally syndicated by Cagle Cartoons.