March 15, 2014
ROCKINGHAM COUNTY-- Local registrars say that voters were prepared for new voter ID law. This election day was the first time that voters had to show some form of identification in order to cast their ballots.
If people didn't bring an ID, they could still vote, but with provisional ballots. They have until Friday at noon to show the registrar their ID. Not many people in our area had to vote with a provisional ballot because of ID problems. In Rockingham County, only two voters did. Augusta County only had one. Shenandoah County had nine.
Doug Geib, Rockingham County's Registrar, said that was because voters were well informed before they went to the polls. "The education program we did went well, and people knew that the law was in effect. Our election officers, more than one, said it was one of the best days they've had," said Geib.
The results that have been reported so far, in terms of voter turnout, are unofficial. Today, the process of making them official begins. The electoral board works with the registrar to canvas the ballots, and determine whether the official count. They add in any absentee and provisional ballots. Geib said the ballots won't be enough to change the results of the election.