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Questioned Voting

Voters must vote a questioned ballot if:

  • their name is not on the precinct register;
  • they do not have identification;
  • their residence address has changed;
  • during the Primary Election the voter requests a ballot type they are not eligible to receive;
  • an observer challenges the voter's qualifications to vote; or
  • the voter has voted in another manner during the election.

Voters who vote a questioned ballot sign a questioned ballot register and place their voted ballot inside a questioned ballot envelope before placing it in the ballot box.

The information the voter provides on the outside of the envelope is used to determine what parts of the ballot can be counted and will also be used to register or update the voterís registration record. When completing a questioned ballot envelope, write legibly.

Questioned ballot envelopes are reviewed by a review board to determine if the ballot can be counted prior to opening the envelope. To protect the secrecy of the ballot, the review board removes the secrecy sleeve containing the voted ballot from the questioned ballot envelope and once the envelopes have been set aside, the ballot is then removed from the secrecy sleeve.

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