A provisional ballot is issued to a voter if there is a question regarding his or her registration status or eligibility to vote in the election.
A provisional ballot is the same as a regular ballot, but it will only be counted if the Election Authority’s office can verify after Election Day that the voter is registered and qualified to vote in the election.
The Election Authority’s office receives all provisional ballots and verifies the registration information for each provisional voter within two weeks after the election.
If the Election Authority’s office determines that you are registered and eligible to vote in the precinct where the ballot was cast, the envelope is opened and your ballot is counted.
If you are not registered, the envelope will not be opened and the votes you cast will not count. However, the information you supplied on the envelope will serve as a registration application.
If you have any information, identification or documents (e.g. receipt from the Secretary of State’s Office, copy from a deputy registration form) to show that you are a registered voter or eligible to vote, please:
Provisional voters may check their ballot status here or call (866) 513-1121, starting 2 weeks after the election. If your ballot was not counted, you may also learn the reason why it was not.