- A provisional ballot is cast by a voter whose eligibility to vote cannot be confirmed at the polls on Election Day. If, after the election, it is determined that the voter who cast the provisional ballot was eligible to vote, the ballot will be counted.
- Just like vote-by-mail ballots, all valid provisional ballots will be counted. Be sure to carefully follow all the provisional ballot instructions when casting your ballot.
- Your county board of elections is responsible for counting all paper ballots including vote-by-mail ballots and provisional ballots. If you have any questions, you should reach out to them.
- Just like with vote-by-mail ballots, in order to ensure that you are the person who voted by provisional ballot, your signature is compared to the signature in your voter file. If your signature is missing or if it does not match the signature on your voter file, the county board of elections may tentatively reject your ballot. However, there is now a procedure in place to ensure your ballot still counts!
- If your ballot is tentatively rejected because of a signature issue, the county will mail you a cure letter within 24 hours of their review. The cure letter will include a cure form allowing you to verify your ballot. You will have to verify your identity by providing your driver’s license number, the last four digits of your social security number or a state-accepted ID – such as an official document that lists your name and address, or a utility or telephone bill or tax or rent receipt. You must sign and date the form. You will have until 48 hours before the election certification date to return the form to your county board of election, either in person, by fax, by email or by mail (mail has to be received by the certification date, not just postmarked). For the November 8 election, the cure letter must be received by November 19 (48 hours before the certification date).
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