As electoral officials clear up piles of votes in the 2020 election, they are directing their attention to other points ̵1; including the corrupted ballots, the military ballot, and a kind of ballot that gets called “temporary”.
Provisional ballots are dropped when there is a question of voter eligibility and are specially held to count the ballots until officials are sure that the ballot will be accepted. For example, if a voter has left his identification at home or does not appear on the electoral roll, he or she can vote provisionally.
Under federal law, any US resident can vote provisionally at a polling place, even if their registration status is not clear. That allows officials to accept the ballot but keep it aside while any questions are resolved.
After voting, election officials determine whether voters are eligible to vote. If it were them, the vote would count like any other vote.
Why do these votes take longer to count: Different states process provisional ballots in different ways.
In general, however, these ballots are kept separate from all other ballots while they are investigated by election officials and last counted.
Here’s how the State Legislature’s National Conference describes the process of investigation after a provisional ballot is dropped:
“This process requires verifying the voter’s identity and eligibility to vote, and may require the voter to provide additional information. If the voter’s identity and voter status are possible established through a review of voter rolls or a verification of the signature, all or part of the ballot will count. If their eligibility is not determined, the ballot will not count. “
As a result, voters often need to be their biggest supporter when it comes to provisional voting – follow up on locally elected officials to confirm that they’ve reviewed their skills and has counted their votes.
Read more about provisional ballots here.