Provisional Voting

Provisional Voting

The provisional ballot has the same candidates and referenda as a regular ballot. It is designated by its color and the words "Provisional Ballot" at the top of the ballot. The provisional ballot is given to voters;

  • whose registration record is not available at the polls,
  • who did not present identification at the polls when required, due to mail registration, or
  • who, due to a court ordered extension of voting hours, voted after 7:00 p.m. The election code allows two weeks for the election authority to determine whether the provisional ballots should be counted. The valid provisional ballots are then added to the Election Day count.
  • who requested an absentee ballot but did not return the absentee ballot to the election authority, and failed to surrender it to the election judges.
  • whose name appears on the list of voters who voted during the early voting period, but who claim not to have voted during the early voting period.
  • whose voting status has been successfully challenged by an election judge, a pollwatcher, or any legal voter.

If you have any questions concerning the provisional ballot, please feel free to call the Board of Elections at (815) 987-5750.

If you voted a provisional ballot in the last election, you may check the status of your provisional ballot. The voter's copy of the Provisional Voter Affidavit is required. Click on the link below to go to the web site of the Illinois State Board of Elections. Enter the Provisional Voter Code provided on the copy of the Provisional Voter Affidavit as the Ballot ID.

Check my provisional ballot. 


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