November 12, 2013 4:00 am -

voting-boothThe recount is underway to determine who won the Attorney General race in Virginia, and – wouldn’t you know it – a “missing” voting machine has resurfaced:

The Richmond Electoral Board met Monday to go over votes cast last week in the race for Virginia attorney general.

Republican Senator Mark Obenshain led Democrat Senator Mark Herring by 17 votes on Sunday night. Following Monday’s meeting, Herring picked up 135 votes, according to The Democratic Party of Virginia.

So why the sudden pickup in votes?

On election night, poll workers in precinct 501 failed to calculate one voting machine.

Election workers in various other areas also failed to calculate some paper ballots.

When asked by CBS 6 political reporter Joe St George how an entire machine could be left out, Richmond Registrar Kirk Showalter said that workers do in fact get tired.

“Weariness on the election workers-they’ve been there since 4:30 in the morning,” Showalter said.

Showalter said that election officials actually knew of the error last week, but waited until Monday in order to let the process play out.

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.