League of Women Voters

North Carolina Provisional Voting

Provisional ballots are counted immediately after the polls close and continue until completed.

You may be asked to vote a provisional ballot if:

  • your qualification to vote is questioned
  • your voter eligibility is questioned
  • your eligibility to vote a specific ballot is questioned

If you are asked to vote a provisional ballot, that ballot will be held aside until you can prove your eligibility to vote.

Examples of reasons for provisional voting:

  • There's no record of your registration
  • You moved to a different precinct and didn't report the change before 30 days before the election
  • You were previously registered in the county but the registration was canceled
  • Your address can't be verified in the lookup files
  • You're trying to vote at the incorrect precinct
  • During a primary election, you try to vote the other parties ballot
  • The records indicate you already voted in this election
  • Voting during extended hours on Election Day

Once you vote your provisional ballot you will receive a PIN number in order to check the status of your ballot. You can begin checking the status of your ballot 10 days after the election.

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Election Day Problems?

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1-866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683)
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1-844-YALLA-US (Arabic)


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