A provisional ballot is a paper ballot used by a voter when their eligibility to vote cannot be determined at the polling place. Voters who declare they are registered and eligible to vote in the county in which they desire to vote, but whose names do not appear on the registration list, must be permitted to cast a provisional ballot. The provisional ballot will count if your eligibility can be determined within three days after Election Day by your County Registrar’s office.
Once a provisional ballot is voted, the voter will place it in an inner envelope, and then place the inner envelope into a distinctive salmon-colored outer envelope.
A voter who has a good faith belief she is properly registered in her county has the right to vote a provisional ballot. If a poll worker denies the voter a provisional ballot, call the voter protection hotline immediately.
**DID YOU VOTE A PROVISIONAL BALLOT?**
Call the hotline ASAP. We can help you determine if you need to take additional steps to make your ballot count.