Recount Set for AG Race

Dec 4, 2013

Richmond Circuit Court

A Richmond Court has heard preliminary arguments that set the stage for the recount in the Virginia Attorney General's race, which was decided by the closest statewide margin in modern Virginia history.  

The proceedings took much of the day because attorneys for Senator Mark Obenshain, who called for the recount, asked the court to outline specific guidelines.

Obenshain attorney William Hurd has several concerns, which include making sure the campaign has access to electronic poll books and that both a Democrat and Republican Board of Elections member observe the process.

The campaign also wants to ensure that there's adequate time for each jurisdiction to properly count the ballots, which is why the largest voting locality, Fairfax County, will start the recount on December 16 and the rest of the state will begin on the 17th.

After all the votes have been tabulated, a three-judge panel will convene to settle discrepancies over votes that are challenged.

While both sides were presenting their case, Attorney General-elect Mark Herring held a media briefing to discuss his transition team.  When asked about the recount, he said the votes had already been certified fairly.