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BOE releases number of provisional ballots cast in 2022 General Election

John Olson prepares to mark his ballot during early voting, Oct 26. Olson voted at Tar River Elementary School. Amanda Dixon | Butner-Creedmoor News

RALEIGH — Under state law, election officials must release the number of provisional ballots cast in each county by noon two days after each election, a news release says.

The N.C. State Board of Elections surveyed the county boards of elections to provide the count of provisional ballots cast during the 2022 general election.

A voter may cast a provisional ballot when their name does not appear on the poll book or other questions arise about their eligibility to vote or to vote a particular ballot. The provisional voter fills out a form called a provisional application, which includes information that the county board can use to research the voter’s eligibility, the BOE says.

County board staff research each provisional application to determine if the voter is eligible. After Election Day, each county board of elections meets before certifying the results to make decisions on provisional applications submitted by voters.

If the board determines that the voter is eligible, the provisional ballot is counted. If the voter is eligible for some contests on the ballot but not others, the eligible contests will be counted for that voter. These ballots will be added to the official results during the canvass process, the release says.

County canvass for the Nov. 8 election is Friday, Nov. 18. The final certification of votes by the State Board of Elections will take place during a board meeting on at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29.