Election: Provisional Ballot Voting
Last Updated on January 10, 2014
What is a Provisional Ballot
In 2003, the Nevada legislature adopted state laws for provisional ballot voting in accordance with the federal “Help America Vote Act” of 2002 (HAVA). If there is a question about your eligibility to vote, you will be allowed to cast a provisional ballot for federal offices only. Federal offices include President, U.S. Senate and Congress. Your ballot will be counted only if you subsequently meet the requirements for your particular situation.
Who Must Vote a Provisional Ballot and Why
Persons Voting for the First Time in Clark County Whose Registration Data Did Not Match Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or Social Security Administration (SSA) Records
These voters are notified by letter that they must provide identification when at the polling place. If they do not, they may only vote a provisional ballot.
Individuals Who Are Not Listed as Registered in Election Department Records
These individuals may only vote a provisional ballot after swearing they are registered and eligible to vote.
Registered Voters Wishing to Vote at an Election Day Polling Place Other Than the One Assigned to Them
These voters may only vote a provisional ballot.
When are Provisional Ballots Used
All elections involving federal offices must have provisional ballot voting options.
How Provisional Ballot Voting Works
You must complete a written Affirmation that includes the reason you are voting provisionally. You must also swear under penalty of perjury you are registered and eligible to vote in that jurisdiction. Depending on your situation, the provisional ballot will be counted only if you give a copy of proper identification to the Clark County Election Department by 5 p.m. on the Friday after Election Day, or if subsequent research shows you were registered in the Congressional District of the polling place where you actually voted.