Ken Cucinelli won a narrow victory in the 37th Senate District on election day by a small enough margin that triggered an automatic canvas. This past Monday, based on the results of that canvas and finding no irregularities, the State Board of Elections certified Ken’s win over Janet Oleszek. Yesterday, Janet Oleszek filed for a recount in Fairfax Circuit Court, alleging that none of the election machines in the district were properly used. Not that the vote wasn’t correctly tabulated, but that the entire election was faulty. This isn’t quite over, although this is starting to look pretty stupid.
I guess Janet realizes that recounting ballots from electronic voting machines after a canvas is pretty unlikely to change anything, and is changing tack here by arguing that the entire election should be thrown out and re-done. Apparently none of the other elections in Fairfax County are similarly faulty, only the one held in this single Senate district. An argument like that isn’t likely to succeed, but it sure will distract folks and burn through some taxpayer dollars for a while.
The first hearing on this will be Monday at 1:00 PM in Fairfax Circuit Court. Senator-elect Chap Petersen’s law firm is one of the two firms representing Janet Oleszek in the lawsuit. Whoda figured that?
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