Fairfax County reviewing provisional ballots in Attorney General race

{ }FAIRFAX, Va. (WJLA) - Based on appearances, you would think that Monday was Election Day in Fairfax County. Campaign representatives with their stickers and signs continue to stay the designated distance from where voters were casting ballots.

The contentious race to become the next Attorney General in Virginia now hangs on the tabulation of a few provisional ballots in Fairfax County.

Six days after voters went to the polls to pick between Democrat Mark Herring and Republican Mark Obenshain, the race remains too close to call. According to the latest figures, Obenshain is clinging to a 17 vote lead.

The fate of the election likely will come down to a portion of a batch of 357 provisional ballots in Fairfax County, which the county's election board voted to accept over the weekend.

The board, as of now, has not rejected any provisional ballots. Its work is to determine which ballots clearly indicate that the voter was eligible to vote in the precinct where they cast a ballot.

In addition, a mistake with an optical scan machine caused some totals to be miscounted.

"We do everything we can to get as much information, so that when we make a vote on a decision to accept or reject a ballot, we know for sure that individual was qualified to vote and show have his vote counted," Faifax County Electoral Board member Brian Schoeneman said.

A deadline of midnight Tuesday to submit a final vote tally looms. Officials say that they've already accepted 136 of 493 provisionanl ballots in question.

On Friday, Rep. Gerry Connolly called for the county to look into a discrepancy in the number of absentee ballots actually counted versus the number that were cast.

"Our goal is to, at the end of the day when we certify this election, to have it as right as possible," Schoeneman said.

Both candidates have publicly said that because the race has been so close, neither would be opposed to a statewide recount.

On Monday evening, a statement from the Fairfax County Electoral Board said the following:

As of 6:20 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11, the Electoral Board has adjudicated 172 provisional ballots, rejected 138 provisional ballots and have a remaining 183 to be adjudicated of the total 493 provisional ballots in Fairfax County.

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