Recount Possible in Leesburg Council Election

Results from Tuesday’s Leesburg Town Council election could be up for further scrutiny.

Councilwoman Vanessa Maddox said today she has not ruled out seeking a recount of the results, which saw her just miss out on a council seat. Maddox fell a little more than 80 votes shy of a win, finishing in fourth place behind Vice Mayor Suzanne Fox, according to the unofficial tallies.

Under Virginia law, any election results with a differential of not more than 1 percent is eligible for a recount. Current numbers show the difference between Fox and Maddox at 0.51 percent.

Loudoun County General Registrar Judy Brown said today the vote would be certified on Friday, which is when the 10-day clock to file for a recount to the Loudoun County Circuit Court would begin. About 10 provisional ballots still need to be counted, Brown said.

Loudoun County would bear the cost of the recount if the margin between the two candidates is 0.5 percent or less, or if after the recount Maddox is found to be the third-place finisher. Otherwise, the candidate who requested the recount must pay the costs for conducting the recount.

While Brown could not offer an exact figure as to the cost of a recount, she estimated it could run thousands of dollars.

3 thoughts on “Recount Possible in Leesburg Council Election

  • 2018-11-09 at 2:20 pm

    Heaven help us if Ms. Maddox wins. In her 11 months on Council, she has done nothing to indicate she has any desire whatsoever to be there. She has not taken time to learn about the issues and does not pay attention to issues brought before council. Her re-election campaign was EXACTLY like her 2017 special election campaign – do nothing and let the Democrats win it for her.

    Mayor Burk and Neil Steinberg deserve all the credit here. They worked HARD and carried her campaign. She NEVER campaigned, couldn’t answer the questions at the candidate forum, and didn’t bother to answer the questions posed to candidates for this newspaper.

    The LCDC wants to win more than they want good representation in the community. I beg of you – find a great candidate next time. Believe me, there are plenty of smart, willing, capable democrats to choose from. Hanging your hat on Maddox and backing her no matter what is just embarrassing.

    Congrats to Mayor Burk and Mr. Steinberg. You worked hard and are educated on the issues. Next time stand up for what is right and do not support a do-nothing candidate who isn’t interested enough to put forth any effort.

    For the love of all that is good, let’s hope Suzanne Fox comes out on top and returns to Council. We need her.

  • 2018-11-10 at 6:52 pm

    So, the candidate who did nothing is just 70 or 80 votes shy and wants to put the town through an expensive and divisive recount? The same candidate who was the only one to not answer basic questions from the media in lead-up to election relative to her vision for the town. This is also the same candidate who showed little interest while in Town Council meetings sometimes zoning out and being poked to wake-up when issues of the Town were being dated. This shows a few things. 1) Many voted a straight ballot and saw Maddox signs lined up next to the rest of the blue ballot Democrats. 2) It is the first time Maddox woke-up the past year paying attention to anything going on when she loses to much better candidates who actually pay attention to what is going on at council meetings. 3) Some lawyer probably got into her head that she should contest this election event though it will divide the town and be costly.

    My honest question to Maddox after watching her sleepwalking performance for the year she was on council; do you really want this role? If you did, you should have taking just a little time to answer the candidates questions leading up to the election. While some saw this as acceptable by the way they voted, I saw this as an arrogant snub by you to the constituents you are suppose to represent.

  • 2018-11-10 at 9:11 pm

    Suzanne Fox would have been trounced had she not been on the Republican sample ballot. So much for “Princeiples Not Partisanship”

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