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Posted on: November 5, 2020

THE ANSWER TO "WAS MY VOTE COUNTED?"

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Good morning Poquoson voters! We have received several calls from voters concerned that the state website vote.elections.virginia.gov is not showing that their vote was counted so we thought we'd clarify how everything works....

 - If you voted on Election Day and put your ballot into the scanner your vote was counted immediately. That's it; ballots are counted when they go in the scanner. To check that you got credit for voting (which is a separate process that takes a couple days after the election) you can go to the state website, click on 'Check Registration Status' and log in with your information. Then scroll down to the 'Voter History' section and click the + to expand. There you will see the 2020 November General Election listed meaning you got credit for voting in this election. Again, inserting your ballot into the machine means it was counted. Voter credit is a separate process that simply means you appeared to vote, it has nothing to do with whether your vote counted or not.

 - If you voted by mail or early in-person, go to the state website, click on 'Check Registration Status' and log in with your information. Then scroll down to the 'Vote Absentee by Mail' area and you will see a date in the 'Ballot Received' column. For Mail voters that is the date your ballot arrived in my office and was turned over to the Central Absentee Precinct for counting. For early in-person voters that is the date you voted in Council Chambers or curb side at City Hall.  If there is a date in that column you received voter credit.

 Also please note that one point of confusion is the 'My Ballot' section on the state website. This is where races to appear on the ballot you would be voting would be listed if there were an active election. Since the election has passed that section will be blank. Voter credit is under either 'Voter History' or 'Vote Absentee by Mail' those are the sections you are looking for.

 If you have any questions please call the Department of Elections at 1-800-552-9745.

 Thank you,

 Tammi Pinckney

General Registrar & Director of Elections

City of Poquoson

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