WASHINGTON, December 9, 2013 — The recount in Virginia’s extraordinarily close race for attorney general will start on December 16, 2013 in Fairfax County and the rest of the state on December 17 and 18.
Fairfax County will get an extra day due to the larger population and the variety of different voting machines throughout the county.
Once the counties finish their recount, any unclear or challenged votes will go to a three judge court on December 19, 2013 for a final decision.
The same three recount judges will establish the rules of the recount.
Democrat Mark Herring has a lead of 165 votes over Republican Mark Obenshain after the November general election.
The recount is being done at the request of Obenshain.
For a recount to occur, the margin of victory must be less than one percentage point. If the margin of victory was more than 0.5 percent, then the candidate requesting the recount would have to pay for it. Since this historically close race is well under those criteria, the taxpayers will pay for this recount.
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