State Board Prepares for Upcoming Election

Posted: Updated: Oct 06, 2015 05:47 PM
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Board Chair James Alcorn Board Chair James Alcorn

All 140 seats in the General Assembly are up for election next month and as the races near the State Board of Elections met late Tuesday afternoon in Richmond to discuss all the work behind the scenes in preparation for Nov. 3.

Regardless of the turnout, there are plenty of policies and procedures to review leading up to the elections. The board discussed testing the equipment and reviewing the process for a recount.

They also talked about how to handle ballots that have already gone to print if a candidate has since dropped out. According to the board, this has happened in five precincts and they are working with the localities to notify voters of the changes.

James Alcorn, the chair of the State Board of Elections, said he was glad all these issues were being addressed sooner rather than later.

"We should all be able to agree on the process, and having these discussed in advance of Election Day before we have to actually institute these proceedings, is the best time to have these conversations,” Alcorn stated.

For those interested in voting, the registration deadline is Oct. 13, a week from Tuesday.

Anyone looking to cast an absentee ballot can vote by mail by Oct. 27 or in person by Oct. 31. Those casting a ballot in person are reminded to bring a photo ID with them.