Statement From Fairfax County Electoral Board on Nov. 8, 2013


Nov. 8, 2013

The Fairfax County Electoral Board released the following statement regarding its investigation of the apparent error in absentee ballot returns in the 8th Congressional District and its continuing canvass of the election results in Fairfax County. 

“Earlier today, we directed the staff to begin a canvass of the 8th District Central Absentee Precinct. That process continued until noon, when the board met in an open meeting with the Election Office staff who are working the canvass, representatives of the Republican and Democratic parties, representatives of the Herring and Obenshain campaigns and the general public. 

During that meeting, the discussion revolved around two optical scan machine tape records, one that had been included in the results, and one that had not been included in the results.  After discussion with the parties and the staff, the board directed the staff to complete the canvass and to present the results of their final investigation to us once that investigation was complete. We were notified late Friday that the staff would be prepared to present their investigation results on Saturday morning. 

The board will meet again with the canvass staff and observers to hear the results of their investigation at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, in the Conference Center of the Fairfax County Government Center. This meeting is open to the public.

Our provisional ballot meeting will begin at 2 p.m.  We anticipate concluding the investigation of the 8th District issue and the provisional ballot meeting on Saturday, Nov. 9 and the overall canvass on Sunday, Nov. 10.”

Virginia State Board of Elections

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

Fairfax County Office of Elections

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