It looks like Washington State could learn from Virginia.
A three-judge panel overseeing the recount in the closely contested attorney general's race yesterday ordered a manual recount in nine precincts -- far fewer than the 156 precincts targeted by Democrat R. Creigh Deeds.
Optical-scan ballots -- paper ballots read by machine -- will be individually examined in eight precincts in Gloucester County and one precinct in Lynchburg because of apparent problems with the equipment, the Circuit Court panel ruled.
The State Board of Elections has certified Republican Bob McDonnell the winner by just 323 votes out of more than 1.9 million cast statewide in the Nov. 8 election -- a margin of 0.0166 of a percentage point -- making it the closest statewide election in modern Virginia history. Mr. Deeds demanded a recount as allowed by Virginia law when results fall within 1 percentage point.
The recount begins today at local elections offices throughout the state and is expected to be completed tomorrow.
Detailed recount updates can be found here.
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