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Illinois Provisional Voting

An election judge will issue you a provisional ballot at your polling place if:

  • Your name does not appear on the official list of eligibile voters in that precinct
  • Your voting status has been challenged and a majority of the judges uphold the challenge
  • You did not provide ID when registering by mail and still don't provide ID on Election Day
  • A court order extends the time for closing the polls and you vote during this extended time period
  • Your name appears on the list of voters who voted during earling voting
  • You admit to receiving a vote by mail ballot but did not return the un-voting ballot to the election authority
  • You tried to register on Election Day but failed to provide the necessary documentation

By law, you must vote in your assigned precinct for all votes on your provisional ballot to count.

Provisional ballots are counted after Election Day. The election authority receives all provisional ballots and determines the registration status for each provisional voter within two weeks after the election. If it is determined that you are registered and eligible to vote, your vote will be counted. If you are not registered, your vote will not be counted, but the information you supplied on the affidavit form will serve as a registration application for the next election.

To find out if your vote was counted, please use your state's provisional ballot tool.

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