UPDATE: Fenwick Takes Lead Over Bellamy for City Council 2nd Seat

UPDATE June 12, 2013 2:20 PM

Provisional ballots are being reviewed at the Charlottesville Election Office.

A total of twelve provisional ballots were cast in Charlottesville, four of which have yet to be verified by officials.

Six of those provisional votes were verified and resulted in Bob Fenwick being up three votes more than Wes Bellamy.

"If it remains a tie then it goes to a recount," says Charlottesville Electoral Board secrectary Joan Schatzman. "Before the recount the candidates decide between them by lot who's going to win the election if it remains a tie after the recount and then they can choose a toss of a coin or a dealing of a card."

Residents who cast a provisional ballot have until Friday, June 14, to verify their vote to officials at the Registrar's Office in Charlottesville.
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June 12, 2013 11:05 AM

Election officials say there is currently no change to the vote total for the tie between Bob Fenwick and Wes Bellamy.

The Electoral Board is continuing to canvass the vote.

Fenwick and Bellamy both received 1,088 votes in their bid for a seat on Charlottesville City Council.

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June 11, 2013

Virginians have voted in the open Democratic primary, deciding who will be on the ballot in November.

In Charlottesville, that decision will have to wait at least a day.

In the race for City Council, incumbent Kristin Szakos easily outpaced her competition, appearing on nearly 30% of ballots. The second Democratic spot on November's slate will take some time to decide. Bob Fenwick and Wes Bellamy are tied with 1,088 votes apiece. Fenwick had carried a 19 vote lead until the counting of absentee ballots knotted the race up.

The Charlottesville Electoral Board will canvass the results beginning at 9:30 Wednesday morning, ensuring that the results reported Tuesday night were correct.

The race could be decided by provisional ballots.

According to state law, voters who do not show up on the voter rolls but believe there has been an error, or those who lack the proper identification can fill out a provisional ballot on election day. Provisional ballots are sealed in a green envelope, and the voter has until the Friday after an election to prove their identity and voting eligibility to the Electoral Board. The board will start counting provisional ballots at 11:00 Wednesday morning.

In other Charlottesville races, incumbent Commonwealth's Attorney Dave Chapman cruised to a 72%-28% win over challenger Steve Deaton. Todd Divers edged out Jonathan Stevens to replace Lee Richards as the Commissioner of Revenue.

In the statewide race for Lieutenant Governor, Aneesh Chopra conceded the race to Sen. Ralph Northam via Twitter. Northam will take on Republican E.W. Jackson in November.

Sen. Mark Herring takes gets the nod for Virginia Attorney General, defeating first-time candidate Justin Fairfax. He will face Sen. Mark Obenshain in November's general election

Click on the image below for election results from Tuesday's Democratic primary.




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