Q1. What is a
provisional ballot and why are they necessary?
A1. A provisional ballot is a ballot provided to a
voter whose eligibility to vote is not immediately established on Election Day.
Provisional voting ensures that every qualified and registered voter has the
opportunity to vote a ballot that will be counted on Election Day. The most
common reasons a voter might be offered a provisional ballot are:
- The voter is not in his
or her county of residence.
- The statewide voter
registration system shown that the voter already voted in the election.
- The voter did not present
a form of approved identification.
Provisional ballots ensure that no voter is turned away from the polls. After
Election Day, the election official will evaluate the voter’s eligibility to
determine whether the ballot should be counted.
Q2. When are provisional
A2. Provisional ballots are verified and counted
after regular ballots. Counting is completed no later than 10 days after a primary
election and 14 days after a general or coordinated election.
Q3. How are provisional
A3. County clerk and recorders review the
information provided on the provisional ballot affidavit form and use the
following databases to confirm a provisional
- Colorado Statewide Voter
- Colorado Department of
Corrections Felon database
Q4. What if someone
votes a provisional ballot in two separate counties?
A4. It is a crime to cast two ballots in the same
election. When a county clerk and recorder discovers that a voter has voted two
provisional ballots, they will refer the matter to the appropriate District
Attorney or to the Colorado Attorney General for investigation and prosecution.
Q5. What if someone
A5. It is a crime to cast two ballots in the same
election. When a county clerk and recorder discovers that a voter has voted
twice, they will refer the matter to the appropriate District Attorney or to
the Colorado Attorney General for investigation and prosecution.
Q6. Do I still have to
fill out an application to receive a provisional ballot?
A6. Yes. To vote a provisional ballot you will be
required to complete a provisional ballot affidavit that includes a voter
Q7. Will I be registered
to vote if I fill out a provisional ballot affidavit form?
A7. As long as the affidavit contains all the
required information and you are eligible to register you will be registered
for the next election, regardless of whether the provisional ballot is counted..
Q8. Do provisional
A8. If you complete the provisional ballot
affidavit and your eligibility to vote is confirmed, your provisional ballot is
counted. Please note, if you appear to vote in the wrong county, and you choose
to vote a provisional ballot rather than go to your correct county, your ballot
will not count.
Q9. How do I know if my
provisional ballot was counted?
A9. The election judge will give you a receipt when
you cast a provisional ballot. This receipt specifies how you determine the
status of your provisional ballot.
Authority: 42 USC 15482, Sec. 302; Section 1-8.5-101, C.R.S.;
section 1-8.5-112, C.R.S.; and Colorado Secretary of State Election Rule 17.