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BASIS Independent McLean Introduces Students to the Art of Voting with Mascot Selection

BASIS Independent McLean Introduces Students to the Art of Voting with Mascot Selection

BASIS Independent McLean of McLean, Va., starting its inaugural year, is using the opportunity to vote on its first mascot as a chance to teach the students about the election process, in wake of the upcoming, much talked about presidential election. The process, led by head of school, Sean Aiken, will introduce ideas such delegate system and popular vote to discuss what mascot would best represent the school’s values. For more information about the school, go to http://mclean.basisindependent.com/.

Dec. 16-17 set for recount in Va. AG's race

RICHMOND, Va. (AP/WUSA9) -- The recount in Virginia's historically close race for attorney general has been scheduled for Dec. 16 and 17.

VA AG race heads to recount

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Republican state Sen. Mark Obenshain has petitioned for a recount in the nearly knotted race for attorney general in Virginia.

Trailing Democratic state Sen. Mark Herring by 165 votes, Obenshain attorneys filed the petition Wednesday with Richmond Circuit Court. The race is the closest in modern Virginia political history and the recount is likely to be the state's most extensive.

The petition will trigger a recount of votes across the state. It will ultimately end with a recount court comprised of the chief judge of Richmond Circuit Court and two judges appointed by the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia.

Attorneys for Obenshain outlined the various steps to a recount during a conference call with reporters on Wednesday. They promised a civil process in resolving disputed ballots.

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Va. AG race awaiting final Fairfax Co. votes

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA9) -- Votes are still be counted in Fairfax County... which is now ground zero for the final decision in the Attorney General's race.

The Fairfax County Electoral Board has now acted upon 310 of 493 provisional ballots. The Board has so far accepted 172, and rejected 138. It plans to act on the remaining 183 by Tuesday afternoon.

However those votes shake out, they will have an affect on the tight Attorney General's race where a total of about two million votes were cast with half going to Republican Mark Obenshain and the other half to Democrat Mark Herring.

Nearly 500 people in Fairfax County who went to the polls Election Day, found themselves, not listed as registered voters. Many of them are military people who had previously asked to be mailed an absentee ballot, the ballot was sent, and then they showed up to vote and were not allowed to. But they were allowed to cast provisional ballots.

Va. Gov To Gov-Elect: Find common ground

RICHMOND, Va. (WUSA9) -- With a handshake and a short embrace, Governor Bob McDonnell gave Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe a warm welcome to the governor's mansion today.

They two had lunch in the Mansion's breakfast nook starting off with small talk about their families. Though they are on opposite sides of the political aisle, they have a lot in common. 

"We were celebrating that fact we're both Irish Catholic with five kids," said the Governor. 

But most noticeable, two days after a bitterly fought campaign, was the cordial tone, and praise from both.  McDonnel  touted McAuiliffe's experience as a skilled businessman which he said will make him "very effective" as a leader. 

McAuliffe said, "Bob McDonnell  is a class act. He has been nothing but helpful to me." 

24,300 absentee ballots cast in Fairfax Co.

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA9) -- According to the Fairfax County, Va. Office of Public Affairs more than 24,300 absentee ballots have been cast as of Nov. 2, the last day for in-person absentee voting. The mailed-in ballot is due Nov. 5 at 7 p.m.

Here's the breakdown of the numbers, according to the office:

Ballots Mailed From Office of Elections: 11,888
Ballots Returned To Office of Elections: 6,880
In-Person Ballots: 17,467
Absentee Applications (includes in-person applications): 29,355
Total Absentee Ballots Cast to Date: 24,347

A day earlier, a total of 19,794 ballots were cast, according to officials.

Officials tell us that 29,629 absentee ballots were cast for the 2012 election. They say 37,671 absentee ballots were cast for the 2008 election.

Lawsuit against strict abortion clinic regulations moves forward

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA) -- Abortion rights supporters in Virginia are cheering after they won a small, first step in a challenge to strict, new state regulations that require abortion clinics meet hospital standards.

An Arlington judge rejected a motion from Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and the Virginia Board of Health seeking to toss out a legal challenge to the regulations. It means the case will now move forward.

"Whoa!" Cheered Rosemary Codding, director of the Falls Church Healthcare Center (FCHC) which brought the lawsuit, technically called an appeal. Codding said the ruling gave her immense hope.

"It's just like the turning tide. It has been such an oppressive environment for three years for women's health. This is an immense spiritual uplifting. And, as a woman of very strong faith, I know God is with me. And I know that he has given me courage to continue in this battle," said Codding.