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What is Provisional Ballot?

Provisional ballots ensure that voters are not excluded from the voting process due to an administrative error. They provide a fail-safe mechanism for voters who arrive at the polls on Election Day and whose eligibility to vote is uncertain.

  • provisional ballotis used to record a vote when there are questions about a given voter's eligibility that must be resolved before the vote can count.
  • The only difference is a provisional ballot is placed in a special envelope; however, a REGULAR ballot is placed in the ballot box