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Date Finalized for VA Attorney General Recount

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A recount in the razor-close race for Virginia attorney general will take place in less than two weeks. A Richmond judge finalized the date in court Wednesday afternoon.

This highly anticipated recount will begin December 16 in Fairfax County, and December 17 in the rest of the state. That will give the state's largest county more time to count and verify its ballots.

Last week the Virginia State Board of Elections certified Democrat Mark Herring as the winner of the 2013 attorney general's race. He beat Republican Mark Obenshain by 165 votes out of 2.2 million cast.

Obenshain formally requested a recount last week. The Virginia Public Access Project estimates election officials will re-run more than 700,000 paper ballots in search of errors.

In addition to setting the date, a Richmond judge ruled Wednesday afternoon the State Board of Elections could begin the process of preparing equipment for the recount across the state.

“Everyone knows that if it's a recount we're basically re-running the ballots, making sure all of the ballots were counted, and so they're prepared for this,” said Donald Palmer, secretary of the State Board of Elections.

Richmond Circuit Court Judge Beverly Snukals, who will lead the three-judge recount panel, also ruled at the request of Obenshain's attorneys that each locality run additional tests to ensure machines are working correctly.

But there are still questions up in the air, including whether recount observers from both campaigns will be allowed to have a vocal role in the proceedings. Those issues will be taken up at another hearing Monday in Richmond.

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