The Virginia Beach electoral board reviewed 890 provisional ballots before counting votes that could impact three tight city council races.
13News Now Reporter Evan Watson was there and the new unofficial totals for the city council races are as follows:
The board approved about 25 percent of the provisional ballots to be counted, adding 237 additional votes.
The provisional ballot review process started Friday afternoon and lasted into the evening hours.
A provisional ballot is cast when there is uncertainty on Election Day. A voter could show up without photo identification or vote at the incorrect precinct, for example.
Voters had until noon Friday to show correct photo identification if they didn’t have it on Election Day.
It is typical for a majority of provisional ballots to be declined before counting as votes, due to a variety of issues including missing information or registration.
The registrar’s office will use counted votes from provisional ballots to certify the election results with the state Tuesday. At that point, if the margin between two candidates is within half a percentage point, it will trigger an automatic recount.
Before counting confirmed votes from any provisional ballots, three Virginia Beach council races were within half a percentage point.
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