Mark Obenshain In The Lead – Help Keep It That Way

Posted by Red State Virginia   // November 7, 2013   // Comments Off

ObenshainWith all precincts reporting this afternoon, the State Board of Elections shows Mark ahead by triple digits, out of more than 2 million votes cast.

First, I want to say thank you for volunteering and getting out the vote for Mark these past several months. We win close elections because of that ground game and grassroots support.

Second, we urgently need your help. Mark Herring, Terry McAuliffe and the Clinton machine will be bringing in an army of lawyers to contest Mark’s lead.  We will need additional resources to ensure that the will of the people is reflected in the final result. Will you please send us $1,000, $500, $250 or even $50 today?

I know that this is a big ask, but time is of the essence.

As Mark said this morning, “the race is extremely close, but I’m confident that that we will prevail. Elections like this are a reminder of the importance of participating in the democratic process.”

We need to make sure that every legitimate vote is counted. We need an Attorney General like Mark Obenshain to stand up for our job creating right-to-work laws and protect us from overreach from the Obama Administration. Your help continues to be critical.

Thank you for your support,

Chris Leavitt
Campaign Manager

P.S. Many of you have questions about where the process goes from here and a potential recount. Here is an overview of the process in Virginia:

There aren’t automatic recounts in Virginia.

If the difference is .5% or less, a candidate can ask for a recount, and the state and localities pay for it.

If the difference is 1% or less, the candidate who lost can ask for a recount, but if he remains the loser, he would pay for it.

There are three stages of vote counting before the recount:

-The precinct returns are counted and informally reported to the local electoral board.

-In the following days, the local electoral boards meet to canvass the results, and rule on any provisional ballots. Provisional ballots are those votes cast whose validity has not been determined.

-Each locality sends the results to Richmond and on November 25th, the state board of elections will meet to formally tally and announce the results.

AFTER SBE tallies and announces the results, a recount can be requested.

Should a recount be requested:

There will be 3 judge panel appointed.   The Chief Judge of the Richmond Circuit Court will be the Chief judge of the panel and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia will appoint 2 other members

This 3 judge panel convenes to set the dates and terms of the recount and to confirm the officers of election for the recount

Then the day of the recount, depending on the locality, there would be a recount or a re-tally, depending on the type of machine

-Scantrons are run again

-Provisional ballots are recounted

-Absentee ballots are recounted

-Electronic receipts are retallied and readded

Depending on the terms set by the judges, the recount would happen, the results would go back to the judges, and they would declare the winner

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