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Posted on: November 4, 2020

Registrar Reassures Voters that All Ballots Were Counted

Amid some citizen concern about submitted ballots not being counted, the Pittsylvania County Registrar would like to reassure citizens that all ballots, whether submitted early in-person, by-mail, or in-person on Tuesday were counted and counted once. Citizens who attempted to find their voter history on the Virginia Department of Elections website found a message saying no voter history, which is simply a matter of data input into the state system and does not mean that the ballot was not counted for the election.

"Citizens are concerned because the system doesn't show that they voted. That is truly not the case, we just have not had the time to manually import all 35,000 voters at this time," said Pittsylvania County Registrar Kelly Keesee.

When a voter receives a ballot at a polling station or submits one by mail, they receive a voter credit. While the final results of each ballot that were submitted through the entire voting process have been counted, the individual voter credits from precincts and localities have not been submitted to the Virginia Department of Elections, and will not be inputted until after the Electoral Board certifies the results.

Over 18,000 Pittsylvania County ballots were submitted early, either in-person or by mail. These ballots were put into voting machines, and the results of these ballots were not made public until after 7 p.m. last night with the rest of the in-person votes on election day.

As of this evening there are 800 mail-in ballots that were sent out to registered voters that have not been returned. Ballots that are postmarked Nov. 3 or earlier can be accepted through Friday. Keesee believes that some registered voters who received  mail-in ballots elected to vote in-person on Tuesday, at which point the mail-in ballots they received would be null.

Citizens can view the uncertified Pittsylvania County results on the Virginia Department of Elections website.

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