The legal fight over an error-tainted House of Delegates election in Fredericksburg came to an official end this week. Nearly a month after the General Assembly convened, a Democratic-aligned law firm dropped its federal appeal challenging the outcome of the 28th District race between Republican Del. Bob Thomas and Democrat Joshua Cole. At least 147 voters in Fredericksburg and Stafford County had been assigned to the wrong House district in a contest Thomas won by just 73 votes, according to state elections officials. Katie Baker, a spokeswoman for House Democrats, said in an email that they look forward to winning the 28th District seat in 2019, when Cole plans to challenge Thomas again.
House Republicans recently formed a subcommittee chaired by Del. Mark Cole, R–Spotsylvania County, and Sen. Jill Vogel, R–Fauquier County, to come up with solutions to the Election Day problems.
Cole said Wednesday that he was “pleased to hear” the lawsuit had been dropped. He has put forward at least two bills in response to the issues, one of which appears to have bipartisan support.