Final Hearing Before 5th District Congressional Recount

December 12, 2008

The final hearing on the procedures for the recount scheduled for December 16th and 17th took place Friday morning. Lawyers for Congressman Virgil Goode and Congressman-elect Tom Perriello discussed details in court. The first hearing took place December 2.

Goode asked for a recount in the fifth district congressional race after he lost by 745 votes. At the hearing, both sides agreed on how to carry out next week's recount.

Both Goode and Perriello requested that late-arriving absentee military ballots be counted.

The recount will start 9:00 am on Tuesday, December 16. Twenty-two Electoral Boards and Registrars will do the recounting and the re-running of the optical scan ballots, which will take place in the cities and counties of the Fifth District. On December 17, the three judges, sitting in the Albemarle County Circuit Court, will resolve any outstanding issues and declare the winner.

Perriello is spending Friday in Charlottesville. He rang the bell for the Salvation Army early in the afternoon on Barracks Road outside Harris Teeter.

CBS19 caught up with the Congressman-elect Friday. He said he's confident that his victory will be upheld after the recount, and he talked about looking forward, "I've really focused all of my non-volunteer energies on the transition and being ready to support an economic recovery package that's going to help the middle class and main street when we get in [Washington] in January," said Perriello.

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