Virginia’s State Board of Elections on Monday certified the results of two Fredericksburg-area House of Delegates elections, despite Democrats asking the board to delay the process because 147 people voted in the wrong House district.
The elections board’s 3-0 vote to certify the results showing Republicans winning the 28th and 88th District races does not finalize the outcome. But it closes an initial, chaotic chapter in the legal battle over a close 28th District race that could decide which party controls the House....
Republican Bob Thomas officially became the 28th District’s delegate-elect on Monday, but legal and political fights will probably continue to swirl around the close contest that could determine control of the House of Delegates.
Three Fredericksburg voters are hoping to prevent state elections officials from declaring a winner in the controversial race for the House of Delegates’ 28th District, alleging that they received the wrong ballots in the razor-close contest.
House Democrats filed legal action in federal court Nov. 21 on behalf of Kenneth and Dolores Lecky and Phillip Ridderhof, all of whom said they were planning on voting for Democrat Josh Cole
Virginia election officials aren’t ready to formally declare a winner in the race for the House of Delegates’ 28th District, as concerns over some voters receiving the wrong ballots have further complicated the hotly disputed contest.
The State Board of Elections voted 3-0 on Nov. 20 to indefinitely delay certifying the results in both the 28th District and the 88th District. The race to replace retiring House Speaker Bill Howell has become particularly contentious
Stafford County’s electoral board voted 2-1 on Tuesday to exclude 55 absentee ballots from last week’s election and to accept 40 of 50 provisional ballots in question.
The absentee ballots arrived to the post office on Election Day but were picked up a day after the election.
Now that the count is done, and the provisional ballots reviewed and eligible ones counted, it seems there are three House of Delegates races — including the Del. David Yancey, R-Newport News, vs Democratic challenger Shelly Simonds for the Peninsula’s 94th district — headed for a recount.
Two Republicans clinched narrow victories over their Democratic opponents after votes were certified by the Stafford County Electoral Board Tuesday afternoon. But the Nov. 7 election results in Stafford may face additional challenges before they are fully settled.
The official vote tallies, which are headed to Richmond, show Mark Dudenhefer beating incumbent Laura Sellers for the Garrisonville District Board of Supervisors seat by 12 votes and Bob Thomas edging out Joshua Cole by 82 votes for the 28th District seat in the House of Delegates.
The ballot controversy in Stafford County will linger for at least another day.
During its noon meeting on Monday, Stafford’s electoral board voted, 2-1, to delay a decision about certifying absentee and provisional ballots until Tuesday. The board then went into closed session.
Doug Filler, the electoral board chairman, said the delay will give people with questions about their vote time to come forward. After the closed session, he said the board voted to get a judicial opinion on the votes in question.
The Virginia House of Delegates’ tradition when dueling special interests can’t agree is for a committee chair to invite them to sit down somewhere and seek “peace in the valley” – a compromise.
Don’t look for much peace in the valley next year in a closely divided House.
Republican Bob Thomas, running for the 28th District in the House of Delegates, celebrated a narrow victory on Election Day over his opponent, Democrat Joshua Cole. ... Another close race occurred in the Garrisonville District on the Stafford County Board of Supervisors. Republican Mark Dudenhefer prevailed over incumbent Supervisor Laura Sellers by just 15 votes