WAMU-FM, November 25, 2013
The Virginia State Board of Elections is certified the results of the Nov. 5 election on Monday, making a recount in the tightly contested race for attorney general seems increasingly likely.
Although many people believe the recount has already started, that process has not been initiated. It hasn’t even been asked for yet, and Virginia has no automatic recount.
The canvas featured malfunctioning voting machines and uncounted provisional ballots. Now that that’s out of the way, the recount is likely to raise new issues.
“Even though a recount might not be likely to change the outcome at this stage, it can raise issues about making sure that the electoral process works better next time,” says Stephen Farnsworth, a professor at University of Mary Washington.