Every state voting machine used in the Nov. 5 election is in lockdown mode — including those the Roanoke Voter Registration office would like to use in January’s special election. The Roanoke Voter Registration Office is putting on a special election Jan. 7 but doesn’t have any machines to record the vote — at least at the moment. Thanks to the impending recount in the squeaker of an election for Virginia attorney general, every voting machine in the state used in the Nov. 5 election is in lockdown mode to protect the results. Republican Mark Obenshain requested the recount after the state board of elections certified a 165-vote victory for Democrat Mark Herring.
That means the city has no machines to use for the Jan. 7 special election to find a successor for Onzlee Ware, who has resigned as the 11th District House of Delegates representative, said Melvin Williams, secretary of the city electoral board.
The recount is expected to take place in late December, but either candidate can contest the integrity of the results for up to 10 days after the recount results are posted, which puts the special election in that window.