Statement From Fairfax County Electoral Board on Nov. 12, 2013


Nov. 12, 2013

Statement From The Fairfax County Electoral Board 

“After a lengthy process that began on Friday, Nov. 8,  we announced this evening that 271 of the provisional ballots from the Nov. 5 general election were approved.  However, two of the approved ballot envelopes were empty.

The ballots were voted on optical scan machines by the three Congressional Districts in Fairfax County – the 8th, 10th and 11th.

The result of the voting of approved provisional ballots for attorney general was 160 votes for Mark Herring and 103 votes for Mark Obenshain.  In the 86th House of Delegates race, the voting of approved provisional ballots for Tom Rust was 3 votes and Jennifer Boysko was 6 votes. 

Throughout the provisional ballot review, the Electoral Board has followed the letter of the law as we understand it, even when we disagreed with the guidance we were given.  We gave all voters the benefit of any reasonable doubt and we are confident that the voters of Fairfax County, thanks to our transparency and willingness to give them every opportunity to be heard, felt that their vote really counted. There were 159 voters who came to the Government Center to defend or check on the status of their provisional ballot. The rejection of ballots was based on weighing our internal staff research, outside evidence, information provided by the voters and the credibility of the information presented to us, and in every situation we followed the letter of the law.  Every ballot was adjudicated on its own merits, as required by law. 

The Electoral Board sincerely thanks the Office of Elections and county staff for their hard work and commitment during this process.  We also sincerely thank the citizens of Fairfax County and the commonwealth, both political parties, as well as the candidates for their patience as we worked to get it right.

We are now working to certify the results by tonight’s deadline."

Resources

Virginia State Board of Elections

Virginia Election Recounts and Contests - 2013 Information and Timeline (PDF)

Fairfax County Office of Elections

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