What is a provisional ballot?

A provisional ballot records your vote, while the County Board of Elections determines whether it can be counted. In the case of mail-in ballots, the board will determine if a properly completed mail-in ballot was returned. Previously, these were most often used when someone’s name did not appear on the voting rolls at the polling location. The Board of Elections conducts individual reviews of each provisional ballot, while still sealed, to determine if it should be counted. Wayne County Commissioner and Chair of the Board of Elections Jocelyn Cramer said the system is designed to give every voter the benefit of the doubt.

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1. Do I have to vote by mail?
2. What is the difference between an Absentee Ballot and a Mail-in Ballot?
3. Can I still request a Mail-in or Absentee Ballot?
4. Once I fill out my ballot, do I have to return it by mail?
5. When should I mail back my ballot?
6. I received a mail-in ballot application in the mail that I did not request. What should I do?
7. Where did they get my information?
8. I requested a mail-in ballot but have not received it yet?
9. If I get a mail-in ballot, can I go to the polls on Election Day?
10. What is a provisional ballot?
11. Who is on the County Board of Elections?