Code Blue Alert – VA Recent State Election Notice
If you voted in Virginia’s recent election and cast a provisional ballot – it’s imperative that you contact the Virginia State Board of Elections in order for your vote to count. While the contests for Governor and Lieutenant Governor have been decided, the race for Attorney General is too close to call. As of 11PM on Sunday November 10, 2013 there are 17 votes that separate the candidates. (The results are being reported here: http://electionresults.
virginia.gov/resultsSW.aspx? type=SWR&map=CTY )
There are several reasons why a person may vote in a provisional manner. Precise definitions can be found on the Virginia Board of Elections website (http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/
voterrights.html) however here’s a summary: When the voter’s name is not on the poll book, the voter believes he is registered in that precinct, and the registrar’s office cannot be contacted to verify that the voter is registered. Or when a voter who registered by mail on or after January 1, 2003, and did not mail in a copy of their ID at that time, fails to show one of the federally required forms of ID when voting for the first time in a federal election.
NBC Washington also notes that any voter who cast a provisional ballot now has to contact or visit their local Board of Election office by Tuesday November 12 to have their vote count.
Virginia State Board Of Elections decided Friday to change rules relevant to Fairfax County, banning legal representatives from helping count votes, unless the associated voter was actually present. Two recent articles on this development can be found at:
Regardless of whether you are Democrat, Republican or Independent having your vote count is a right that many died for us to exercise. Please share this information within your communities. Thank you.
Eastern Regional Director of Social Action