What is a Provisional Ballot?

The ballot is given to anyone who is not on the polling location’s roster or if the voter is unable to provide a valid form of identification.

Reasons you're not on the voting roster

  • Recently moved and did not update your voter info in time
  • You voted at a polling place not assigned to you
  • You requested an early ballot
  • Your voter registration is no longer active
  • You are not registered at all

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What if I don’t have my ID with me on Election Day? When is the deadline to provide ID for my vote to count?

If you can’t provide valid identification on Election Day you will be provided with a conditional provisional ballot. That ballot will be valid and counted after you provide ID to your polling location before 7 p.m. on Election Day, or at the county elections office within five business days after a general election.

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When does a provisional ballot get counted?

Provisional ballots are collected with early ballots that were dropped off on Election Day. County officials must then research and validate each provisional ballot before votes are tabulated. This process can take several days.

You can check the status of your provisional ballot by visiting the Maricopa County website. There it will tell you if your ballot was verified and counted.

 


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