Valdosta Daily Times

Local News

November 10, 2012

Official election results not certified Friday

More than 1,000 provisional ballots remain to be counted

VALDOSTA — The results of the Lowndes County elections were not officially certified Friday because of the large amount of provisional ballots.

Lowndes County Board of Elections workers will spend a busy weekend counting the more than 1,000 provisional ballots to meet the official Tuesday deadline to submit them to Atlanta.

The board counted 1,035 provisional ballots in the 2008 election, and Elections Supervisor Deb Cox is confident the 2012 ballots will far exceed that number.

Provisional ballots are submitted on paper by any voter whose official voting place is not immediately clear.

They take between 20 and 30 minutes each to certify. In the process, workers make sure the voters have cast ballots for the representatives that match their districts, and that the voters are registered in Lowndes County.

“The purpose of provisional ballots is to give extra time to evaluate whether their vote should be counted,” Cox said. “We don’t turn any voter away.”

However, in spite of the large number of ballots still remaining, the margins in all races are already wide enough to indicate the winners, Cox said. In no

election does every provisional vote count, and even if all ballots did count, they would not

overturn any race.

Most Lowndes County races can be counted and certified by 5 p.m. the Friday after election days.

The board hopes to have all ballots counted by Monday, but their official deadline is 9 a.m. Tuesday, when the ballots will be transported from the board to Atlanta.

While Lowndes County’s job seems difficult, it’s nothing compared to Atlanta’s list of provisionals numbering in the 10,000s, Cox said.

Text Only
Local News
  • 140421 - flooding Shiloh Rd B#1.jpg Road re-opens following flooding

    Lowndes County officials re-opened one road Monday while keeping an eye on the area’s waterways for potential flooding.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Justice_Scales.jpg Second ‘Quitman 11’ case mistrial

    Another week-long trial ended again in mistrial last week in the case of Lula Smart, the Brooks County woman charged in a case of unlawful possession of election ballots, according to court officials Monday.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • graphic.jpg School systems get report cards

    South Georgia school systems received mixed results, with some showing performance increases while others suffered decreases, in the College and Career Ready Performance Index released Monday by Georgia State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • flood4c.jpg Flood warning extended

    A flood warning for the Withlacoochee River at Valdosta has been extended until Wednesday afternoon.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • doug henderson.jpg Memorial tourney returns

    The Doug Henderson III Memorial Golf Tournament has raised thousands of dollars for scholarship funds and to help organizations throughout the region.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • 041914-WA-Egghunt021.jpg Park puts wild spin on Easter tradition

    Adventurous egg hunters braved overcast skies and a persistent drizzle to search for hidden prizes Saturday during Wild Adventure’s first Ostrich Egg Hunt.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • FallenTree003.JPG More spills reported

    City of Valdosta employees have spent the weekend responding to spills caused by several inches of rain that have again drenched the city during the past few days.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Underwater Easter_Rich copy.jpg Stories behind ‘The Greatest Story Ever Told’

    Christ comes from the Greek word, “Christos,” meaning “the anointed one.”

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140418_valwood001.jpg Valwood students register to vote

    Valwood teaches its students about the importance of voting. Each year, the school has encouraged eligible seniors to register to vote and participate in local elections.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • wadebrandon14.jpg Police still seeking missing mother, son

    Though their assignments have changed during the past dozen years, Valdosta Police Capt. Bobbi McGraw and Sgt. Chris Crews continue working the case of a missing mother and her son.

    April 19, 2014 3 Photos

Top News

Given the amount of rain recently, what's your favorite “rain” song?

Singing in the Rain
Purple Rain
Have You Ever Seen the Rain?
November Rain
Rainy Night in Georgia
     View Results