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.