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Ballots explained

Absentee ballots: Ballots mailed or hand-delivered back to the Elections Department before 8 p.m. on election day are counted on election day. Absentee ballots dropped off at polling places before the polls close are counted in the official canvass that begins the Thursday following the election.

Provisional ballots: Ballots in which the eligibility of the voter must be researched. The voter is permitted to use a provisional ballot, which is sealed and not counted until it is found to be eligible. Examples: Voters who moved out of county, returned, but did not re-register, thus needing to prove residency. Or a voter who requested an absentee ballot but didn’t receive it or chose not to vote it.

Damaged ballots: Ballots that cannot be read by the scanning machine because of damage, or the use of ink instead of pencil. Such ballots must be duplicated before counting.


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