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VA AG Recount Underway in Central VA

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Recount underway in Charlottesville at Carver Rec Recount underway in Charlottesville at Carver Rec

The recount in Virginia's attorney general race is still going on in central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley. Cities and counties are going ballot by ballot to verify votes more than a month after Election Day.

The state gave Fairfax County, Chesapeake, and Alexandria a jump-start on the recount Monday. Tuesday, every other city and county in the commonwealth is reviewing ballots by hand.

The city of Charlottesville's recount is set up in the Carver Recreation Center gym. The clerk of court is supervising two recount teams. Each team includes a Democrat and a Republican. They're reviewing about 2,200 paper ballots, which were scanned to show up on a big screen.

The teams look for stray marks next to multiple candidates' names. Those could be considered overvotes. They're also looking at undervote ballots - where voters didn't select a candidate in the attorney general's race.

"They're able to look at each of those in the attorney general's race and decide if there's a discrepancy or if it can go as a good ballot. We're following everything that the court order specifies right now," said Charlottesville Voter Registrar Sheri Iachetta. "It's not a difficult process. It's a tedious process, because you have a lot of people - that's why we have a screen - and you're looking at everything and going ballot by ballot for each precinct."

Charlottesville expects to finish its recount by Tuesday night. So far, Republican Mark Obenshain picked up one vote. Obenshain added five votes and Herring gained two in Staunton. Waynesboro's registrar says each candidate collected one vote in the city's recount.

According to statewide numbers, as of 2:30 p.m. Tuesday attorneys for Herring say their candidate has picked up at least 442 more votes over Obenshain, not counting challenged ballots under court review.

The state is giving communities until midnight Wednesday. A state police trooper will pick up the results and deliver them to a recount court which will convene in Richmond.  A three judge recount panel will meet Thursday, with a final ruling expected before the weekend.

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