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He said Fairfax has about 5,500 undervotes to review, not counting absentee ballots.

While Mr. Palmer admitted that human and machine error are always cause for concern — and for a slowdown of the recount process — Michael P. McDonald, an associate professor of government and politics at George Mason University, said the important thing is to allow human eyes to review the ballots.

“‘The right thing to do is look for voter intent and not let the machines determine,” Mr. McDonald said. “Let human beings take a look, see these instances where human beings may have tried to relay their intent but weren’t successful for one reason or another.”

As for the outcome of the statewide recount, Mr. Parkins could only offer a broad prediction.

“There’ll be some minor changes,” Mr. Parkins said. “Whether it will be enough to change the outcome is anybody’s guess.”