Stokes, Martin, Adkins and Miles: How provisional votes are handled

On Dec. 2, a commentary on the opinion page, “Not all votes were counted,” had a number of misleading statements. The Electoral Board and the Registrar for Roanoke County would like to use this as a opportunity to educate the public about how provisional votes are handled and counted.

Our mission is to ensure that every registered voter who wishes to vote has the opportunity to do so. Provisional ballots provide that. They are real ballots. The only difference is that the ballot is put into a separate envelope waiting for further information. There are two general categories in which provisionals are used: 1) the individual has no picture ID, or 2) the individual is not registered at the polling place where they are trying to vote.

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