Herring Seated

After a fierce recount battle, Charniele Herring has been certified and seated as the Delegate from the 46th District. From the WaPo: 

Alexandria lawyer Charniele Herring was sworn in to the House of Delegates this afternoon, nearly two weeks after being certified as winner and just minutes after the conclusion of a recount that found identical results.

Shortly before 2 p.m., Herring was escorted to the front of the House chamber by three delegates, including House Majority Leader H. Morgan Griffith (R-Salem), who had fought for more than a week not to seat her, and House Minority Leader Ward L. Armstrong (D-Henry)

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Workers sitting at four tables in an Alexandria Circuit Court room determined that Herring defeated Republican Joe Murray by 16 votes in the Jan. 13 election for the 46th District seat.

Murray said he is considering another legal challenge before the House of Delegates itself but wanted to see Herring seated immediately.

“I congratulate Delegate Herring and pledge to support her in her work,” Murray said.

The judges today denied a series of motions from Murray’s lawyers that would have added 25 absentee votes to the recount. Some of the votes failed to include basic information such as the city name from a required oath on the back of ballots. Others arrived after the polls closed.

Three lessons from the special election:

  1. Always have a lawyer on retainer–even if you’re running for the Soil and Water Board
  2. Every vote counts, and absentee ballots are key–make sure every i is dotted and every t is crossed
  3. Given the right tools and messages, if Republicans can’t win in NOVA, they can at least be competitive
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