The Impact of Provisional Ballots, and What They Are

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ark. (KFTA)– In Washington County, over 300 provisional ballots were cast on Election Day, and today the Washington County Election Commission met to go over them and determine if they count.

A provisional ballot is a ballot that is cast even though the person casting it does not meet all of the requirements necessary to vote.

Washington County Election Coordinator Jennifer Price said the main reasons these types of ballots are cast is because the voter doesn’t have ID or they are not registered properly.

When voters receive this special ballot, it has the exact same information on it as a regular ballot, it just has a green stripe on the bottom so polling workers know to separate it.

Price said the Election Commission will release the number of approved ballots next Friday.

Today, after going through the ballots, she said no outcomes of close races will be effected by the results. 

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