Results from Recount in Waynesboro

By: Elizabeth Lamb Email
By: Elizabeth Lamb Email

The initial race, held May 1st, left one contestant calling for a recount. The recount affects the race for Ward A on city council. That covers the far eastern part of the city.

Voting officials recounted hundreds of votes cast earlier this month.

City Council Incumbent Tim Williams headed to circuit court on Thursday, to watch the officials decide the council's fate.

“We don't have too many recounts for local elections in Waynesboro,” said Williams. “It's part of history. Not the way I'd like to make history, but nonetheless it is part of history.”

Williams and his competitor, Jim Serba, came just under two dozen votes away from reaching a tie this past election. That is when Serba called for a recount, since he is allowed to by law.

“The ideal process is everybody comes out,” said Serba. “Everybody's got a say in what goes on. Every vote you get is one more than what you had.”

Voting officials scoured over paper and mechanical votes to declare the winner. Officials reviewed five voting wards to decide who will represent Waynesboro's Ward A.

Both men have served the city before.

Williams said the recount process has helped him learn more about our electoral system.

“It's interesting to watch and to learn some things,” said Williams. “Our electoral system is fantastic to watch it in the process. It's amazing to watch it in the process.”

Three judges headed to Waynesboro Thursday afternoon to oversee the voting process. They were appointed by the state for their work.

This vote was the only contested vote from Augusta County in the May 1st elections.

Earlier this month, Serba said even if he lost, he still wanted to help serve his city in any way.


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