League of Women Voters

Rhode Island Provisional Ballot

Provisional ballots are counted 48 hours after Election Day.

You may use a provisional ballot if:

  • You are not on the list of registered voters at that polling place
  • You requested/voted a mail ballot
  • You registered to vote in one political party and attempting to vote in another parties primary
  • You did not bring acceptable photo ID
  • Your identity is challeneged at the polling place

The board of elections begins tabulating provisional ballots at approximately 5:00 pm the day after the election. Provisional ballot results are added to candidate totals only after all provisional ballots cast in the state have been counted. It is expected that the tabulation process will be concluded that evening and the results will be available sometime that night. Provisional ballots are eligible for verification if cast in the correct precinct.You may then determine the disposition of their ballot by visiting your board of elections.

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