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Provisional Voting

Per Florida Statute 101.048, at all elections, a voter claiming to be properly registered in the state and eligible to vote at the precinct in the election but whose eligibility cannot be determined, a person whom an election official asserts is not eligible, and other persons specified in the code shall be entitled to vote a provisional ballot.

The following persons are entitled to vote a Provisional Ballot:

  • Voter's name does not appear on the precinct register and voter's eligibility is unverified.
  • Voter refutes the Supervisor of Elections office confirmation that they are not registered or eligible.
  • There is an indication on the precinct register that the voter has requested an absentee ballot and the voter does not have a ballot to submit. Poll worker is unable to verify that the voter has not voted.
  • There is an indication on the precinct register that the voter has returned the absentee ballot or has voted in the office or at an early site, but the voter maintains that they have not voted, even after a call to the Supervisor of Elections office (Elections Central).
  • Voter did not provide picture/signature identification.
  • There is an indication on the precinct register that the voter has been challenged in this election.
  • Voter is challenged at the precinct.
  • Voter's signature does not match signature on record and affidavit refused.
  • Indication on precinct register that the voter's Florida Driver's License, Florida identification card number or Social Security number is not yet verified by the Department of State in conjunction with Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

Once voted, the provisional ballot shall be placed in a secrecy envelope and thereafter sealed in a provisional ballot envelope. The provisional ballot will be deposited in a ballot box. All provisional ballots remain sealed in their envelopes for return to the Supervisor of Elections office.

A person casting a provisional ballot shall have the right to present written evidence supporting their eligibility to vote to the Supervisor of Elections by no later than 5 p.m. on the second day following the election.

If it is determined that the person was registered and entitled to vote at the precinct where the person cast a vote in the election, the Canvassing Board shall compare the signature on the Provisional Ballot Voter's Certificate and Affirmation with the signature on the voter's registration and, if it matches, shall count the ballot.

If it is determined that the person voting the provisional ballot was not registered or entitled to vote at the precinct where the person cast a vote in the election, the provisional ballot shall not be counted and the ballot shall remain in the envelope containing the Provisional Ballot Voter's Certificate and Affirmation and the envelope shall be marked "Rejected."

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