Letter: Every vote counts
The Mathews County Electoral Board would like to thank all of our Officers of Election for the excellent job they performed during the recent November election. While we had difficulties in one precinct because of a machine malfunction, the Officers of Election took all the right steps needed as required by state code.
This election was a new challenge as Mathews had never had an official declared write-in candidate, causing some procedural confusion for our voters. Our Officers of Election were present to offer them assistance as needed and allowed. In future elections, the board will continue to work with all the citizens to make the voting procedure easier to understand.
Mathews had over 51 percent of its citizens voting. They voted for Governor—Cuccinelli 59 percent over McAuliffe 34.8 percent and Sarvis 3.5 percent; Lt. Governor—Jackson 50.69 percent over Northam 49.24 percent; Attorney General—Obenshain 60.59 percent over Herring 39.40 percent; Board of Supervisors—Cole 40.91 percent, White 40.10 percent, write-in 999 votes, 18.99 percent, of which Morrow received 962 votes; School Board—Hodges, 35.38 percent; Richards, 32.69 percent; Sadler, 17.73 percent, Sampson, 13.55 percent; Clerk—Ingram, 99.02 percent. Congratulation to all our fine citizens who stepped up and ran for office.
As the Attorney General’s race is too close to call, it is probable that there will be a recount. The Electoral Board is being updated as to what to expect and when to expect the possible recount. Also, we have a special election to elect our State Senate seat, previously held by Ralph Northam. The Electoral Board will keep the county informed on both activities.
We thank the citizens again for participating in this past election. Every vote counts!
Josephine Thorpe, chair
On behalf of the Mathews
County Electoral Board