County Plans to Prevent Provisional Ballot Problems


Author: Howard Wilkinson and Mark Wert

11/07/2011 - On the eve of the 2011 election, one Hamilton County race from the 2010 election - held 364 days ago - remains unresolved.

At the heart of a federal court suit on that race - over a juvenile judge race - are provisional ballots, which are cast when people who say they are registered don't appear on voting rolls.


Provisional ballots became more widely used after Congress passed the Help America Vote Act in 2002, reacting to the disputed 2000 presidential election. The law relied on provisional ballots, which also are used for voters who don't have proper ID or who have moved, "as a fail safe to stop people from being blocked from voting," said David Becker, director of election initiatives at the Pew Center on the States.

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