Senate race recount to be held Monday

by Sherry Hamilton - Posted on Jan 22, 2014 - 02:06 PM
The recount in the special election for Virginia’s 6th District Senate seat will be held beginning at 8 a.m. Monday in the Mathews historic courthouse, as well as other locations throughout the district.
Mathews County voter registrar Ruth Ann Hutson said that Republican candidate Wayne Coleman’s request for the recount came before the court on Tuesday, and she received the preliminary order on Wednesday.
Democrat Lynwood Lewis edged Coleman in the election, which was held on Jan. 7, by just nine votes out of more than 20,000 cast.
The special election was held to replace former state Sen. Ralph Northam, who was elected to serve as lieutenant governor in the general election on Nov. 5. The district covers Mathews County, Accomack and Northampton counties on the Eastern Shore, and parts of Norfolk and Virginia Beach.
Hutson said that the election records are being held by the clerk of courts for Mathews and, by court order, will be released for the recount. Each party will have a chosen officer of election to serve as the recount officer, she said. The two will be overseen by two electoral board members, one from each party. In addition, each candidate is expected to send at least two representatives to observe the process.
The recount is open to the public, said Hutson. The recount is being held in the historic courthouse because court will be in session in the new courthouse.