Attorney General Recount Underway in Virginia

Dec. 17, 2013

UPDATE 5 PM

Democrat Mark Herring picks up 7 additional votes in Albemarle County. Meanwhile, Republican Mark Obenshain receives 1 extra vote in the City of Charlottesville.
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Six weeks after Election Day, The Commonwealth may be one step close to determining its next attorney general.

Democrat Mark Herring leads Republican Mark Obenshain by only 165 votes out of the 2.2 million ballots that were cast. The small margin entitled Obenshain to a recount.

In Albemarle County the recount got underway Tuesday. With the closest race in Virginia history, election officials wanted to ensure every vote was counted and counted correctly.

"This is a very serious issue. It is all court ordered and it's being done with a great deal of attention to detail and people here are very serious about getting it right. Speed is not the issue, accuracy is the watch word today," said Alan Swinger, the vice chairman of the Albemarle County Electoral Board.

The 28 precincts in Albemarle County and the provisional and absentee ballots are divided into five teams. Each team has a democrat and a republican, two recount coordinators, and two observers. The teams then go ballot by ballot recounting them in the way they were originally cast.

"Whether machine count, hand count, or write in and provisional ballots are all recounted, and the re-tabulated and then sent to the court in Richmond," Swinger said.

The three-judge panel will take the votes state wide and determine the winner by the end of the week. However, under Virginia law whoever loses the recount can contest the results. Then the General Assembly could then decide the race.


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