Northam Admin. Asks For Election Night Patience

Counting Will Take Time, Possibly Days

October 28, 2020 - 4:14 pm
Glenda Patsel, left, wipes down a voting booth as Bobby J. Lambert fills out his ballot for the senate Republican candidates primary election, Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at Hidden Valley Middle School in Roanoke, Va.

(Stephanie Klein-Davis/The Roanoke Times via AP)


Richmond, Va. ( - The Northam Administration is pleading for Election Night patience, as tabulating votes will be different this year as compared to any other.  The counting will be different because of the large number of early and absentee votes this year, because of the Covid pandemic.

Secretary of Administration Keyanna Connor says absentee ballot counting will stop at 11pm Election Night, and if there is additional votes to count, will resume the next day.  This means totals will change in the days after the Election.  Connor stresses this has always been the case, and that Election Night totals have always been unofficial.  Localities have until November 10th to certify their totals, and the Commonwealth has until November 16th to certify its total.  These deadlines are not new.

The last day for early voting is Saturday.