VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - WAVY.com just learned a judge has ordered the Electoral Board tostop certifying results in the District 21 House of Delegates racebetween Ron Villanueva (R) and incumbent Bobby Mathieson (D). This after Bobby Mathieson filed suit against the Voter Registrar of the City of Virginia Beach.
Commissioner of the Revenue Phil Kellam told WAVY.com he noticed"irregularities" in the Voter Registration's office Tuesday nightafter the election. That's when he says he got a tip that 324absentee votes in the 21st district were not counted and asked why.He says it set off a mad search for documentation.
"We're not alleging voter fraud. We need to let the process runits course and not jump to any conclusions," Mathieson's CampaignManager, Mark Henson told WAVY.com.
GOP chairman Gary Byler said, " We want every vote counted andthat's what's going on....There have been no allegations of anyinappropriate voting fraud....lawyers will tell you that. VirginiaBeach has a good history of running clean elections."
The race remains too close to call, with just 16 votesseparating the two candidates.
Dozens protested the results outside the Va. Beach MunicipalCenter Thursday.
Protestor Andrew Jackson told WAVY.com, "I'm here to make surewe have an accurate count. I want to make sure all the votes arecounted. I don't want there to be a Florida or Ohio here."
This story is far from over. Look for updates on-air andonline.
With all precincts reporting, vote totals for the two are currently:
Ron Villanueva - 7,670
Bobby Mathieson - 7,654
In District 83, Republican challenger Chris Stolle defeatedDemocrat incumbent Joe Bouchard.
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B. When there is between any candidate apparentlynominated or elected and any candidate apparently defeated adifference of not more than one percent of the total vote cast forthe two such candidates as determined by the State Board or theelectoral board, the defeated candidate may appeal from thedetermination of the State Board or the electoral board for arecount of the vote as set forth in this article. When there isbetween any write-in candidate apparently nominated or elected andany candidate apparently defeated, or between any candidateapparently nominated or elected and any write-in candidateapparently defeated, a difference of not more than five percent ofthe total vote cast for the two such candidates as determined bythe State Board or the electoral board, the defeated candidate mayappeal from the determination of the State Board or the electoralboard for a recount of the vote as set forth in this article. In anelection of electors for the President and Vice President of theUnited States, the presidential candidate shall represent the vicepresidential candidate and slate of electors and be the party tothe recount for purposes of this article.
C. When there is between the vote for a questionand the vote against a question a difference of not more than fiftyvotes or one percent of the total vote cast for and against thequestion as determined by the State Board or the electoral board,whichever is greater, fifty or more voters qualified to vote on thequestion, by signing and filing their petition, may appeal from thedetermination of the State Board or the electoral board for arecount of the vote as set forth in this article.
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