A provisional ballot is used to record a vote when there is some question regarding a voter's eligibility. You have the right to vote by provisional ballot if:
- Even though you are properly registered and eligible to vote in the election district, your name does not appear on the district register (poll book) and Election Officials cannot determine your registration status.
- You do not have an approved form of identification the first time you appear to vote in an election district (this is required regardless of whether your name appears on the general register)
- An Election Official asserts that you are not eligible to vote (In a primary election, this includes voters who claim to be registered for a particular political party, but the district register indicates they are registered as a member of another political party.)
You are required to vote by provisional ballot if:
- You are voting as a result of a federal or state court order.
- You are voting as a result of an order extending the time established for closing the polls by state law that is in effect 10 days before an election
County election officials will examine the provisional ballots within seven days after an election to determine whether you were entitled to vote in the election at the election district where you voted.
Provisional Ballot Voting Instructions
If you vote by provisional ballot you will be asked to follow these instructions:
- Complete and sign the provisional ballot affidavit ion the front (back for Spanish) of the provisional ballot affidavit envelope.
- Complete a provisional ballot in an accessible and private area of the polling place.
- Seal the completed provisional ballot in the secrecy envelope.
- Seal the secrecy envelope in the provisional ballot affidavit envelope.
- Sign the front (back for Spanish) of the provisional ballot affidavit envelope.
- Return the sealed provisional ballot affidavit envelope to a polling place election official.
- Receive your provisional ballot identification receipt.
- Voters who forget to bring ID to the polls in the November 2012 General Election can vote by provisional ballot. Their vote will be counted, as long as the voter returns a copy of their accepted ID and affirmation letter to their county within 6 calendar days. Affirmations and copies of ID may be returned to the county in person, by mail, fax or via email.
How Do I Know If My Provisional Ballot Counted?
Within seven days after the election, the County Board of Elections will examine your provisional ballot to determine if it is valid. After this seven-day period, you can find out your provisional ballot was counted, partially counted or not counted. If your provisional ballot was not counted, you will be told why it was not counted. To learn of your provisional ballot's status, you may call 1-877-VOTESPA.
To receive this information you will be asked to provide your provisional ballot identification number, which can be found on your provisional ballot identification receipt.