Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner’s lead increased by more than 500 votes by late Thursday, expanding the margin between Warner and Republican challenger Ed Gillespie to 16,540 votes.
The State Board of Elections also clarified that all cities and counties across Virginia have until Tuesday, Nov. 11 to report their results.
The state code allows municipalities one week after Election Day to complete the canvass process and submit the Abstracts of Votes to the Virginia State Board of Elections.
The Board will then meet to certify the final vote counts Monday, Nov. 24 at 1 p.m. in Richmond’s General Assembly Building, Room C. The Board will declare a winner that day, and cannot adjourn until a winner is named.
Localities reported 3,622 Virginia voters were issued a provisional ballot on Election Day.
Of those provisional ballots, 773 were issued because the voter did not provide an acceptable photo identification at the time of voting. The remaining provisional ballots were issued for a variety of reasons relating to a voter’s registration status.