Voting

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Some members of the State Board of Elections have again raised the issue of potential vote-counting irregularities in Fairfax County, but this time a major focus was on which provisional ballots should have been counted. 

While the entire Fairfax Electoral Board was unable to attend today’s state meeting to explain, one member traveled to Richmond to begin a discussion about what happened. 

 

Republican State Senator Mark Obenshain is turning to a special court that includes the chief Richmond Circuit Court judge … to aid him in a ballot recount of the closest statewide race in modern Virginia history. Although his Democratic opponent, Mark Herring, has been certified the winner in the Attorney General's election by a 165-vote margin, Obenshain and his team believe there's a chance that votes were missed or might be invalidated.

Voting among the armed forces continues to be a logistical challenge—especially for those who are deployed. 

Now a state commission that advises the General Assembly on technology issues has recommended enabling military personnel who are stationed overseas to cast their votes on-line if needed. 

With the election of Ralph Northam to be Virginia’s next lieutenant governor, his state senate seat will open, and there will be a special election to replace him.  It’s a vote that could have statewide implications.

Virginia Attorney General candidate and State Senator Mark Obenshain isn’t accepting defeat now that an UNOFFICIAL Board of Elections tally gives his Democratic opponent, Senator Mark Herring, a 164-vote lead. Obenshain says it's too early to talk about a recount, but while he waits for the final numbers, he’s putting together a transition team-as permitted under state law.

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