Manual recount needed to ensure valid election results

December 10, 2017

F VIRGINIA’S 2017 gubernatorial race appeared heated, the post-election drama around the state’s House of Delegates race is reaching its boiling point.

Virginia’s State Board of Elections certified the results on Nov. 27, despite its inability to confidently verify votes due to anomalies with the ballots. After the board certified the results, candidates in four races filed petitions for recounts in Virginia circuit courts. The outcome in these tight races will determine control of the House of Delegates.

Despite the recount petitions, unless the recount is conducted manually, an unacceptable level of risk of error in the count can cast a pall over the outcome. The margin of victory is so close that only a manual recount can truly ascertain the voter’s intent.

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