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Provisional votes to be assessed

Published 10:50pm Thursday, November 7, 2013

A total of 32 provisional votes in Suffolk will be decided at noon today at a meeting of the Electoral Board.

Provisional ballots are on the radar in the cliffhanger attorney general’s race.

As of Thursday afternoon, Republican Mark Obenshain held the edge on Democrat Mark Herring by 777 votes — a scant three-hundredths of a percent of all votes cast in the race.

Suffolk Voter Registrar Susan Saunders said the Electoral Board will meet at 11 a.m. today at the office, 440 Market St., to decide whether to count the provisional ballots. Those who cast such ballots have until noon to bring a copy of an acceptable identification to the Electoral Board office.

Even if a voter does not come, the board will still decide whether to count the ballot, Saunders said.

According to Kenric Ward of Watchdog.org, thousands of provisional votes remain outstanding throughout the state and could make the difference in the attorney general’s race. Election results are due to be finalized Nov. 25.

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  • Donald

    No Proof of Identification…. No Vote!

    The identification requirements are extremely loose so as to not “disenfranchise” any voter and in today’s society where I am required to show proof of identification for so many transactions in life the excuse that I don’t have an valid identification is bunk.

    So again I say, “No Proof of Identification…. No Vote!”

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  • SANSR

    “Even if a voter does not come, the board will still decide whether to count the ballot, Saunders said.”

    Is this statement accurate? As presented, it strongly implies that the Electoral Board would circumvent the provisonal ballot procedure. If one casts a provisional ballot and one has a certain amount of time to produce the necessary documentation for that ballot to be ‘counted’ but does not follow up as required, how does the Board determine that they have the authority to modify the process? Or more simply, ‘Why have a provisional option?’

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    • jhuxster

      That statement does nothing but insure the majority of votes counted will go to the Democrat candidate in the race. The Democrats have a long and gloried history of finding and counting votes that never existed in the first place.

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      • SANSR

        I would like Ms. Agnew to reconfirm that the exact wording of that questionable sentence is precisely how Ms. Saunders presented it to her. There is too much ambiguity in how the context could be interpreted by the reader.

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    • Tracy Agnew

      It’s not an exact quote, but it is an accurate representation of what she said. Every provisional ballot is considered, but if a voter doesn’t show up, it has to be on the basis of what they said at the polls. For the record, according to unofficial election results online at sbe.virginia.gov, only 10 of the 32 were approved and counted.

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      • Tracy Agnew

        The other thing to consider is that not all of the provisional ballots were because of a lack of ID. Some could be those who came to the wrong polling place, etc.

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