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What is a Provisional Ballot?

101.048 F.S.

Reasons for Provisional Ballots:
. Voter's name does not appear on the precinct
register and voter's eligibility cannot be determined.
. Voter refutes the supervisor's office confirmation that
he or she is not registered/eligibile.
. There is an indication on the precinct register that the
voter has requested a Vote by Mail ballot and the voter
does not have a ballot to surrender. Pollworker
cannot verify that the voter has not voted.
.  There is an indication on the precinct register that the
voter has returned the Vote by Mail ballot or has voted in
the office or at an early voting site, but the voter
maintains that he or she has not voted, even after a
call to the office.
. 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 ID signature and signature given do not
match. Voter refused affidavit.
. Indication on precinct register that voter's status is
pending because FL DL#, FL ID card # or SSN is not
yet verified by the state.
. FL voterchanging address from another FL county
into Liberty County
. Voting during government or court ordered extended
hours.

If your eligibility to vote cannot be determined, or you do not have the proper identification, you will be allowed to vote a provisional ballot.  In order for the ballot to count, you must be eligible to vote at the precinct in which you cast your ballot.  You  will vote a regular ballot but that ballot will be placed in provisional ballot envelopes and  the Provisional Ballot Voter's Certificate and Affirmation is completed on the envelope.  These ballots will not be tabulated at the polls but are secured in either the emergency   bin of the ballot box at the poll or in the supervisor's vault during early voting.  You will be given written instructions indicating that a person casting a provisional ballot has the   right to present written evidence supporting his or her eligibility to vote to the Supervisor of Elections by no later than 5:00 p.m. on the second day following the election.  These instruction also provide information on our free access system to determine whether  your provisional ballot was counted in the final canvass of votes and if not, the reasons why.  Keep the instructions.  You will need the number on the bottom of the stub to access your information on your provisional ballot.  Click here to go to the free access system.  If you voted a provisional ballot solely because you did not bring photo and signature identification to the polls, you do not have to preset further evidence of eligibility.  The signature on  the certificate will be compared to the signature on your voter's registration.  If they match, the ballot will be counted.  

IMPORTANT:  New legislation now requires voters who attempt to change their  address from another county into Liberty County on election day must now vote a provisional ballot.  Therefore, it is important to make these changes prior to election day  if you wish to vote a regular ballot.

Provisional ballots will be returned to the county canvassing board and the board shall examine each Provisional Ballot Voter's Certificate and Affirmation.  A determination   shall be made whether the person voting the ballot was entitled to vote at the precinct where the ballot was cast and that the person had not already voted in the election.  Also, to determine eligibility, the board shall review the information from the certificate, written evidence provided by the individual, and any additional information found.  A provisional ballot shall be counted unless the canvassing board determines by a preponderance of the evidence that the person was not entitled to vote.  Ballots that are not counted shall remain sealed in their provisional ballot envelopes.