Provisional Ballots

A provisional ballot is used to record a vote when there is some question regarding a voter's eligibility. Provisional ballots are not cast on the voting machine, but rather through a paper ballot procedure. 

Within seven (7) days after the election, the County Board of Elections will examine your provisional ballot to determine if it is valid. 

  • At all elections an individual who claims to be properly registered and eligible to vote at the election district, but whose name does not appear in the district register AND whose registration cannot be determined by the COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS, shall be permitted to cast a provisional ballot.
  • Individuals who are voting in the election district for the FIRST TIME and cannot provide identification as described within this manual, may be permitted to cast a provisional ballot.
  • An individual presenting a judicial order to vote shall be permitted to cast a provisional ballot.

To find out if your ballot was counted, partially counted, or not counted,  call 1-877-VOTESPA or visit PA Voter Services.