Obenshain to Request Recount

By: WHSV Newsroom Email
By: WHSV Newsroom Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Mark Obenshain will formally request a recount in the historically close Attorney General’s race Wednesday morning.

A margin of 165 votes out of more than 2.2 million ballots cast currently separates the two candidates.

The procedures for the recount are established in Virginia Code § 24.2-802 and regulations adopted by the Virginia State Board of Elections.

The recount will be supervised by a three-judge court, sitting in Richmond, Virginia.

The court will set the dates and terms of the recount and will confirm the officers of election and coordinators for the recount.

The day of the recount, in each locality, recount teams will: run optical scan ballots through tabulating machines, recount by hand any optical scan ballots that are rejected from the machines, recount by hand provisional ballots, recount by hand absentee ballots, re-tally the tapes printed by direct-recording electronic voting machines and reprint and re-tally any illegible tapes printed on election night.

If election officials cannot agree on how to count certain ballots, those ballots will be sent to Richmond so that the three-judge court can resolve the dispute.

The results from all localities will then be tallied together and the three judges will declare the winner.

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