Localities Ready for Recount in Attorney General's Race

By: Sarah Batista
By: Sarah Batista

December 19, 2005

Voting precincts across the state are gearing up to recount the votes from the attorney general's race, one by one.

The recount will determine if Republican Bob McDonnell will remain the winner or if it will be Democrat Creigh Deeds. With only 323 votes separating the vote, precincts will definitely be counting the ballots carefully.

Beginning Tuesday morning, over 134 state localities and over 2,000 precincts will double-check ballots from the November attorney general's race. In Charlottesville, three teams will review the ballots in City Hall. Once the votes are recounted, they'll be placed in envelopes to be escorted by police to Richmond.

"Everybody's very specific on what they want, we're just going to verify that the tapes were read correctly and that the information was transcribed correctly," said General Registrar, Sheri Iachetta.

Candidate Creigh Deeds challenged Bob McDonnell's win after he won by only 323 votes. Since then, a whirlwind of last minute decisions and court motions have kept registrars offices busy.

"In our business this is very exciting, typically this is a very slow time of the year so we haven't had that slow time yet that we're looking forward to," said Iachetta.

But after Tuesday, the uncertainty that's been circling the attorney general's seat will be over, ending weeks of ongoing debate and curiosity.

"I'm anxious for the process to be done with and I wish well for whomever," said Iachetta.

The winner should be announced by Wednesday. If Deeds wins, a special election will be held in Charlottesville in February for his seat in the State Senate.

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