Baliles is certified winner of 1st District race, but recount is underway

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR)–The winner of the 1st District city council race has yet to be officially declared.

The race was ruled too close to call between two-term incumbent Councilman Bruce Tyler and his challenger Jonathan Baliles, son of a former Va. governor. 

The Richmond Election Board met Monday to discuss the provisional ballots. Baliles led Tyler by just 24 votes, without factoring in the provisional ballots. 

A provisional vote simply means the votes were not counted until valid identification was given by the voter. Voters had until 12:00 p.m. Friday to provide that identification.

Now, that those votes have been tallied, Baliles is ahead by 22 votes. Baliles is the certified winner, but there will be a re-count and the results are expected at sometime this week, Baliles noted on his Facebook page.