Thursday, November 22, 2007

Spotsylvania Clerk of Court Won't Handle His Own Election Recount

by Dan Telvock
The Free Lance-Star Newspaper

Spotsylvania County Circuit Court Clerk Paul Metzger, who is seeking a recount of his Nov. 6 election loss, won't have contact with the voting printouts that his office is required to safeguard.

Attorneys representing Metzger and the winner of the election, Christy Jett, discussed the recount process during a hearing yesterday in Spotsylvania Circuit Court.

According to state law, Circuit Court clerks are required to secure the paper ballots or digital voter printouts in a locked vault. In Spotsylvania County, voters use touch screens to cast votes. The machines then print the results on what looks like long cash-register receipts.

Metzger voluntarily declined to participate in the safeguarding process. Spotsylvania Circuit Judge Harry T. Taliaferro III designated Metzger's chief deputy clerk, Cynthia Jessup, as the custodian of the election records.


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