The conditions for a recount in Virginia have been stated and misstated quite a bit recently, so let me set the record straight:
1. Recount option opens up after the official canvas of the voting precincts is completed and a result announced.
2. There are no automatic recounts
3. A candidate who loses an election by 1% or less of the votes cast in his/her election can request a recount.
4. If the margin is less than 1/2 of 1% of the vote, the state and localities pick up the cost of the recount, otherwise the requesting candidate picks up the charge.
Given how much movement we saw last year in the McDonnell-Deeds recount, I have to think Allen could leave office gracefully if he passed on a recount. However, given that Allen’s political career is likely over in the wake of this defeat, he also has nothing to lose…so I fully expect him to request a recount.