After the Election - Canvassing and Certification of Results


Nov. 9, 2011


Virginia State Board of Elections will certify the constitutional officers and the general assembly results at the end of the month.

“Given the challenges of redistricting and the new federal Spanish language access requirement in mid-October, the county’s election process went very smoothly,” said General Registrar Cameron Quinn. “We are grateful to the more than 1,800 volunteers who served as election officers and in many cases, worked more than 16 hours on Election Day to ensure the success of this election and support our democracy.”

According to Quinn, canvassing is essentially an audit of the election results. The election machine tapes and precinct counts are double checked for any discrepancies. All 239 of the county’s precincts, as well as the Central Absentee Precinct (CAP), are reviewed.

During the provisional ballot review, the Electoral Board determines which of these ballots are eligible to be added to the election totals. A provisional ballot is a paper ballot that is set aside if the precinct election official cannot determine if the voter is entitled to vote, so that elections office staff can further research the matter the next day. If the voter did everything they should do, for instance, registering to vote in time, but there is an administrative error getting their name on the pollbook, then the ballot is counted.

As the process moves forward for the 2011 election results to be certified, Quinn is looking ahead to the challenges of the 2012 presidential election. “The county needs many more election officers for what is expected to be a much larger voter turnout. We encourage everyone who can, to sign up and take part in this exciting opportunity to be a part of our democratic process.”

For more information, including election results and to sign up to be a 2012 election officer, go to Office of Elections, or call 703-222-0776, TTY 711.

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