Baliles maintains lead over Tyler after recount

Posted at 7:53 PM, Dec 19, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-19 20:47:32-05

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) -- Nothing has changed after a recount Wednesday involving the 1st District race for Richmond City Council.

The recount, which kicked off around 9 a.m., involved about 25 people scrutinizing the 12,722 votes in the 1st District race until around 5:45 p.m. Wednesday.

This came after Richmond City Councilman Bruce Tyler filed a lawsuit earlier this month in Richmond Circuit Court contesting the outcome of the November election.

Originally, Tyler lost the 1st District race by 22 votes to challenger Jon Baliles. The margin narrowed slightly after the recount and 20 votes now separate the two candidates. 

According to court documents obtained by CBS 6, Tyler had claimed some Richmond voters were disenfranchised during the election. He cited several "irregularities" that happened during the election that affected vote totals.

The three-judge panel tossed another challenge filed by Tyler immediately after the recount.