Provisional votes could change totals

Published 1:50 am Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Vote totals reported at the Andalusia City Hall last night and in today’s paper will not be final until provisional votes are considered and totals are finalized at the council’s meeting next Tues., Sept. 4.

City Clerk John Thompson said there were 64 provisional ballots cast. Normally, a provisional ballot is cast when a voter’s registration is in question, or if he or she seeks to vote at a new address not reflected on their voter registration.

The Board of Registrars will determine the validity of those ballots. If the Registrars deem the votes should be counted, the city will open those provisional ballots.

Election officials have no way to determine which district the ballots are in. However, the only race that could potentially be changed by the votes is Council District 3, where incumbent Hazel Griffin was ahead of challenger Andy Alexander by 23 votes before the provisional ballots were considered.