At last tally, a mere 164 votes out of 2.2 million separated the two candidates for attorney general, and the contest appears destined for a recount. In such close elections, each individual vote is more important than usual. That goes for provisional ballots, too.
Much to her surprise and chagrin, Monica Daly of Montgomery County was one of those provisional voters in last week’s election. She’s hoping and praying her vote got counted. But she isn’t 100 percent sure.
Daly is 64 and she’s feisty. She’s a liberal Democrat who works in a Blacksburg health-food store. She always votes and for her, Election Day is a big deal. Her twin sister is an election official in their hometown of Binghamton, N.Y.
But last week when Daly showed up to vote at Slusser’s Chapel Church of God on Mt. Tabor Road, something strange happened. The election judges informed her she wasn’t registered.
How could that be? Daly wondered. In August of 2012, the state Board of Elections issued her a new voter ID card — all Virginia voters got them. Daly used it to vote in last year’s presidential election, and in the June 11 Democratic primary this year.
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