What is a provisional ballot?

A provisional ballot is a ballot used to record the vote of an individual whose eligibility to vote cannot be confirmed at the polling location on election day by election officials.

If the Officers of Election cannot find your name in the pollbook or there is some other question regarding your eligibility to vote (such as you received an absentee/vote-by-mail ballot). A provisional ballot is designed to protect your right to vote by allowing you to submit a ballot that will be counted if the underlying question of your eligibility can be resolved.

Additionally, if you go to your polling place and do not have proper ID, you will have to vote a provisional ballot. Follow the instructions given to you by the Officers of Election so that you can provide your ID by the deadline, and your vote will be counted.

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1. How do I register to vote?
2. How do I update my current voter registration?
3. How do I vote absentee/early?
4. Is a witness signature needed when voting by mail?
5. How do I track my absentee (vote by mail) ballot?
6. Where do I go to vote on election day?
7. What type of voting equipment is used in Chesterfield County?
8. Where can I find voter registration statistics?
9. What are the regulations for limited duration campaign signs in Chesterfield County?
10. How do I file to become a candidate?
11. How do I request for my rights to be restored if I am a convicted felon?
12. What is a provisional ballot?
13. Who is my Legislator?