Rachel Maddow traces the discovery of the missing ballots in Fairfax County, starting with Ben Tribbett’s declaration that it appeared that around 3,000 ballots were missing from District 8. Ben Tribbett is the blogmeister of NotLarrySabato blog as well as a local democratic.
The real crime here is the way those provisional ballots have to be counted. I have never heard of anyone having to go in person to defend their ballot. Several facts remain clear. Cuccinelli should have resigned as Attorney General. There is simply too much room for conflict of interest, especially with some of his prior …well..no nice way to say this, conflict of interest. He chose not to follow tradition and do the right thing.
For his office, therefore, Cuccinelli, to change the rules of the game in the middle of an election is simply unconscionable. Virginia should count the provisional ballots the same way they have always counted them. Ken Cuccinelli should not be still involved in adjudicating any part of the very race he was involved in.
In Fairfax County, the long standing practice has been that the voter or their representative must be present when the provisional ballot is counted. Now the State Board of Elections is saying the voter AND their representative must be present. It sounds to me like the SBE is changing horses mid-stream since they are making up new rules as they go along.
I feel badly for both Herring and Obenshain. Regardless of the outcome, the ‘non-winner’ is going to feel cheated and justifiably so. The rules need to be clear and consistent. The State Board of Elections should not be making up rules as they go along nor should the AG office be sending down new hoops to jump through.
This one is headed for court. There will also be a recount because things are just too close to count. Once again appointees rather than the people of Virginia will ultimately be deciding our Attorney General. The provisional ballots will be recounted until midnight tonight.
UPDATE: Mark Herring now leads by 117 votes. However, the votes are still being counted, person by person. The SBE website is a good source for all election news.