Fimian, Connolly Less Than a Half Percent Apart
Two remaining precincts report; 820 votes now separate candidates
Right now, election officials are recanvassing all precincts in Fairfax County, which is a normal step for the day after an election. They will be counting more than 100 provisional ballots this afternoon from Fairfax County precincts.
Officials did not have any explanation for why voting machines in precincts 625 and 628 failed last night, but the machines were working this morning when Electoral Board representatives turned them on, and vote counting resumed. Officials from both Connolly's and Fimian's campaigns were present this morning.
Officials expect to be done today counting ballots and will certify them on Friday. At that point, results will be sent to the Virginia Board of Elections, which will approve them, in all likelihood, on Nov. 22.
According to Fairfax County General Registar Edgardo Cortez, if the vote margin between the candidates at that point is half of a percent (0.5 percent) or less, a recount will commence, paid for by the Commonwealth of Virginia, but only at the request of the candidate who is trailing.* If the margin is more than half of one percent (0.5 percent) but less than 1 percent, the candidate who requests the recount will pay for it. Read the Virginia law regarding recounts for more details.