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A provisional ballot is a paper ballot used by a voter whose eligibility to vote is in question and cannot be determined on Election Day. The Elections office has three business days to determine eligibility of a provisional voter.
In accordance with SB 202, provisional ballots of voters who are voting outside of their precinct will not be counted unless it is after 5:00 p.m. Voters are highly encouraged to vote at their assigned precinct. If the voter can not get to their precinct, they must fill out a sworn statement and provide an explanation. Provisional ballots of voters voting outside of their precinct will only be counted between the hours of 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
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Beginning the day following the election, the registrar investigates each and every provisional ballot in an attempt to help prove the voter’s eligibility. If the registrar can find proof that the voter is eligible to vote then the voter’s ballot is counted, if not the voter’s ballot is rejected.
The registrar will notify each provisional voter to tell the voter if their ballot was counted or not, and if not, why it was not counted.
If you vote a provisional ballot and your eligibility to vote is confirmed, your provisional ballot is counted.
Please note, if you appear to vote in the wrong county, and you choose to vote a provisional ballot rather than go to your correct county, your ballot will not count.