Preliminary ballots are cast when there is a question about a voter’s eligibility to vote and are held specifically for counting until officials are certain that the vote should be accepted. For example, if a voter forgets their ID at home or does not appear on the electoral roll, they can cast a preliminary ballot.
Under federal law, any US citizen should always be able to cast a preliminary ballot at a polling station, even if their registration status is not clear. This allows officers to accept the ballot but set it aside while questions are clarified.
After the occupation, the electoral officials determine whether the voter was eligible to vote. If so, the vote is counted like any other.
Why these ballots take longer to count: Different states treat preliminary ballots differently.
In general, however, these ballot papers are kept separate from all other ballot papers while they are examined and last counted by election officials.
This is how the National Conference of State Legislatures describes the investigation process after a preliminary vote has been given:
“This process involves verifying the identity and eligibility of the voter and may require further information from the voter. If the identity of the voter and eligibility can be determined in whole or in part by checking the electoral roll or checking a signature, the ballot will be counted cannot be determined, the ballot will not be counted. “
As a result, voters often have to be their greatest advocate when it comes to preliminary ballot papers. They then have to confirm with the elected representatives on site that they have checked their qualifications and counted their votes.
Read more about preliminary voting papers Here.