What Happens If You Cast a Provisional Ballot in Arkansas?

NWA Politics,  May 10, 2018

There are a number of reasons someone may be given a provisional ballot. If they’re unable to produce proper identification but are willing to sign a sworn statement verifying their name, they’ll be given the ballot. If they’re unable to show identification and unwilling to sign the sworn statement, they’ll have until the following Monday to come back to the courthouse with proper identification, or their provisional ballot won’t count, [Washington County Election Coordinator Jennifer] Price said. ...

Some first-time voters may find themselves flagged if they failed to put a driver’s license number or the last four digits of their social security number on their voter registration form before mailing it in. In that instance, under federal law, they’d have to show proper identification when voting, or they’ll be given a provisional ballot, Price said. ...

If a person’s identity is verified, their provisional ballot is counted like every regular ballot, according to Price. If they cannot be identified, or it turns out they weren’t registered to vote, their provisional ballot will not count.

Either way, voters will receive a letter in the mail from the clerk’s office informing them if their provisional ballot was counted.

After every election, Price said the county election commission holds a scheduled meeting where voters who cast provisional ballots may appear and attempt to provide proof of their identity and why their ballot should be counted.

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