Becoming a Candidate
|THE PROVISIONAL BALLOT
A. When a person
claims to have registered to vote prior to the thirty (30) day voter
registration deadline, but is not found on the computer signature list
of registered voters, the person must complete a voter registration
PHOTO ID - You must vote by
provisional ballot if you do not have a Tennessee state or federally
Photo I.D. This law went in went into effect on January
1, 2012. This does not
require the same steps as the following provisional voter's listed
Identifying a Provisional Voter
A. A provisional voter is one who is not listed on the
voter signature list, but who claims to have registered to vote in his
or her precinct of residence. The person may claim to have
registered at an NVRA agency office. A provisional voter is not
one who admits to never have registered to vote or admits to have
attempted registering to vote at an address in a different county.
of Provisional Voting Process - Provisional voting does not permit
Election Day voter registration. The individual must have
attempted to register to vote in his or her county of residence prior
to the voter registration deadline in order for provisional voting to
from Fail-Safe Voting - Provisional voting does not displace or replace
fail-safe voting. Fail-safe voting continues to apply to inactive
voters and to registered voters who have moved an address within their
county of residence, but have not provided the county election
commission with the updated residential address.
The Voting Process for a Provisional Voter
A. Early Voting - The provisional voter
may vote at the county election commission office or at a satellite
location, and must vote the ballot for the precinct in which the voter
lives and claims to be registered to vote.
B. Election Day - The provisional voter must vote in the polling
place that serves his or her residential precinct and must vote the
ballot for the precinct in which the voter lives and claims to be
Completion of a Voter Registration Form Required
B. To complete the voter registration form, the person must
present verification of the residential address under which the person
desires to vote. The following contains examples of items that a
person may use to verify his or her residential address:
C. Application for
Ballot Required - After the voter registration form has been completed
and signed by the applicant, the applicant shall complete an
application for ballot.
- Tennessee Driver License
- Residential Lease Agreement
- Utility Bill
- Mortgage Statement
- Income Tax Return
- Credit Card Bill
- Bank Statement
- Vehicle Registration
D. Issuance of the Provisional Ballot and Provisional Ballot
E. Voter Votes a
Provisional Ballot - The voter shall vote the provisional ballot
in the same manner as any other voter voting a paper ballot.
- Upon completion of the application for ballot, the
applicant must be issued a provisional ballot and a provisional ballot
- The provisional ballot envelope, which shall be a
different color from the absentee ballot envelope, must have an
- The affidavit shall contain the voter's name, social
security number, date of birth, signature and other identifying
information deemed necessary by the coordinator of elections.
F. Casting the Provisional Ballot
Provisional Ballots May be Counted
- After voting the provisional ballot in secret, the
voter shall present the folded ballot to the judge assigned to receive
and deposit provisional ballots.
- The judge shall compare the provisional ballot number
on the stub with the provisional ballot number on the voter's ballot
- All provisional ballot applications shall be filed in
the order in which they are received and then placed in the provisional
ballot bag at the close of the polls.
- If the provisional ballot number on the stub is the
same as the voter's ballot application, then the judge shall tear off
and destroy the provisional ballot stub and deposit the provisional
ballot into the ballot envelope.
- The judge shall assure that the provisional ballot
envelope has been completed and signed by the voter.
- The provisional ballot, in its sealed envelope, shall
be deposited in the provisional ballot bag to be returned the the
A. Provisional Ballots may be counted only if:
B. Rejecting a
- Person registered to vote or attempted to register to
vote in a timely manner;
- Person is entitled/eligible to vote;
- Person cast ballot in precinct of residence; and
- Person has not already voted.
Provisional Voter Must Vote By Paper
- If it is determined that a ballot shall not be
counted, then the provisional ballot envelope shall remain intact and
- The provisional ballot affadavit shall not be removed.
- The word "Rejected" and the reason for the rejection
shall be marked across the face of the provisional ballot affidavit.
- At least two members of the counting board shall sign
the sealed, unopened ballot affidavit.
- The Administrator of Elections shall mail a notice of
the rejection to the voter.